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Inside Kansas’ approach to artificial intelligence

On this week’s Priorities podcast, two Kansas technology officials say their state is preparing for the embrace of artificial intelligence as they take on big priorities, like cybersecurity and digital services. Mark Abraham, Kansas’s deputy chief information security officer, says he’s been using AI to help map the state’s cyber environment as it moves toward a “defense-in-depth” approach to cybersecurity. Alex Wong, Kansas’s chief information technology architect, says the state is in the education phase of preparing the state’s workforce for AI. In September, Kansas released a generative AI policy that offered guidelines for agencies. Also on the podcast, Maryland’s new CISO, Greg Rogers, shares how his state is tackling cybersecurity.

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.