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Vermont’s new CISO shares his proactive approach to cyber

On this week’s Priorities podcast, Vermont Chief Information Security Officer John Toney shares his proactive approach to cybersecurity. He says that among his top priorities is critical infrastructure. In his first weeks as the state’s top cyber official, he said, he’s scanned water utilities throughout the states in search of vulnerabilities and reached out to their administrators when his team finds them. In the interview, Toney also shares how compliance, procurement, automation and staying current on the latest cybersecurity threats are other key components of his role.

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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.