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N.C. cybersecurity strategy leverages legislative and workforce development measures

Rob Main, North Carolina’s State Chief Risk Officer, says that as the pandemic unfolded, they saw the state’s enterprise security and risk management scope broaden requiring the state to take on legislative and budgetary steps to build up their security.

Some examples Main cites include the governor’s executive order to reinforce the authority of North Carolina’s Joint Cybersecurity Task Force, the alignment of cyber strategies to the state’s strategic IT plans and the creation of a five-year cybersecurity spend plan.

However, Main says “the strength of cybersecurity programs depends primarily on the people who do the work” which is why the state is executing a workforce development strategy that addresses the growing gap in the number of vacant cybersecurity positions in North Carolina.

Watch the full interview to hear more about North Carolina’s cybersecurity modernization plans and hear from more IT leaders in this series, “Cyber Protection Starts with your Workforce.”