State CIOs eye satellite internet, chatbots, automation tools

by • 3 months ago

Satellite internet systems could be a cheaper solution to the digital divide, particularly in rural states, top technology officials said.

Alaska's CISO moved to DHS as state dealt with cyberattacks

by • 4 months ago

Mark Breunig, who had been Alaska's top cybersecurity official since January 2019, is the second state CISO to recently join the Department of Homeland Security.

Alaska launches broadband task force

by • 6 months ago

Anticipating new federal funding, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered a new task force to study the tech and policies needed to close the state's digital divide.

Cyberattack knocks Alaska courts offline

by • 6 months ago

The state court system deactivated nearly all its external IT systems while it attempts to "remove malware from it servers," though cases are still proceeding.

Pandemic was a test for states’ IT preparedness, says Alaska CIO

by • 1 year ago

Alaska Chief Information Officer Bill Smith said he’s treating the rush to remote work as a case study in emergency preparedness.

Alaska finds permanent CIO after months of upheaval

by • 2 years ago

Bill Smith, a former Army official and military contractor, was hired Nov. 18, after a year in which the state shuffled through four other chief information officers.

Alaska appoints new acting CIO, the fourth in two years

by • 2 years ago

The Alaska Office of Information Technology has struggled to maintain consistent leadership in recent months as new CIOs come and go.

Former Alaska CISO Shannon Lawson takes role with Phoenix

by • 3 years ago

Phoenix CIO Matthew Arvay told StateScoop that Lawson, who left the Alaska government in late December, will start with the city in early April.

Former Alaska CISO touts new statewide security contract

by • 3 years ago

Shannon Lawson said new Gov. Mike Dunleavy asked for his resignation, but praised a new contract that empowers all public entities in the state to buy cybersecurity tools.