Arkansas IT Secretary Jonathan Askins
Arkansas IT Secretary Jonathan Askins speaks on a panel at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers annual conference in Minneapolis on Oct. 10, 2023. “I want the gamer, I want the kid that spends 24 hours in the basement playing games all day, that’s the kind of person I’m looking for,” Askins said while discussing workforce initiatives. (Colin Wood / Scoop News Group)

States vary on cyber awareness, workforce approaches

Cybersecurity continues to be the top concern of state chief information officers, but Arkansas IT Secretary Jonathan Askins recommended states focus on their defense postures rather than…
The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok office on Dec. 20, 2022 in Culver City, California. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)

Not all state TikTok bans are built equally

Nearly half of all states have banned TikTok from government use, only a few have extended those bans to other Chinese-owned tech companies.
Michael Leahy
Maryland Chief Information Officer Michael Leahy poses for the camera during the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky, on Oct. 10, 2022. (Colin Wood / Scoop News Group)

Awareness a challenge for CIOs pursuing ‘whole-of-state’ cyber

Ensuring local governments know about the services states offer is a key challenge as more states launch "whole-of-state" IT services.
Tony Evers
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers casts his vote for the presidential election at the state Capitol on December 14, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Morry Gash / Pool / Getty Images)

Wisconsin picks vendor for unemployment system upgrade

The state signed a $16.5 million contract with the consulting firm Flexion to update a system that was designed in the early 1970s.