Michael Watson

Critical infrastructure threats raise new questions for state CISOs

by • 1 month ago

Several state CISOs said potential Russian cyber activity against critical infrastructure in the U.S. is stirring uncertainty.

State IT leaders 'still waiting to hear' what cyber grant program will allow

by • 2 months ago

Illinois CIO Jennifer Ricker said there's "a little to be seen" for how the upcoming grant program will be administered.

Firewalls, multi-factor authentication and lots of VPNs: How CISOs dealt with the pandemic

by • 2 years ago

Winners of the cybersecurity category of the StateScoop 50 Awards share how they've protected IT infrastructure through the pandemic-induced telework boom.

Texas and Virginia CISOs embrace 'whole-of-state' cybersecurity

by • 2 years ago

State governments are increasingly roping in more stakeholders when developing their cybersecurity strategies. "Sharing begets sharing," Virginia CISO Michael Watson said.

Rising cyberthreats prompt new techniques in Virginia, CISO says

by • 3 years ago

Virginia CISO Mike Watson says the state has a dedicated cybersecurity vendor under its new multi-sourcing model, while training remains important as ever.

Cybersecurity goes beyond securing the perimeter, state experts say

by • 6 years ago

In the fifth episode of StateScoop Radio’s “Priorities” series, state tech execs say security must be integrated into every aspect of the network.

CISOs underscore need to organize centrally around cyber

by • 7 years ago

State information security officials need to better organize around their roles, responsibilities and weaknesses when fighting cyber threats, experts said.