Shawn Riley

Shawn Riley
North Dakota CIO Shawn Riley (StateScoop)

“State government has been doing things that, frankly, it’s never even thought possible before. I was a private-sector guy my entire life, and all I ever heard about was how slow and pokey state government is, and I can understand why some of those stereotypes exist.

“But during Covid, we’ve been doing things faster in government than I could ever have dreamed of doing in the private sector. It’s been just an astounding group of people implementing their hearts into every bit of technology they can muster to try to save lives. Everyone uses technology every day and it’s so ubiquitous that sometimes they forget it’s there. And this year, we’ve seen a huge number of leaders realize the infrastructure behind the scenes is absolutely critical to their business.”

Shawn Riley is chief information officer for the State of North Dakota.

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed was the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He wrote extensively about ransomware, election security and the federal government’s role in assisting states and cities with information security.

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