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New Wyoming CIO to prioritize cybersecurity, modernization

On today’s episode of the Priorities Podcast, new Wyoming CIO Bill Vajda talks to StateScoop’s Benjamin Freed about his vision for the future of IT in the state.

Vajda comes to Wyoming after a stint as the CIO for the U.S. Department of Interior, and before that as CIO of Alaska. He replaces former Wyoming CIO Gordon Knopp, who stepped down last year after a health data leak.

Also on the show, Auth0’s Salman Ladha emphasizes the growing importance of identity and access management in state and local government.

In the news this week:

California’s former CIO takes over as the state’s head of government operations.

Washington state works to bring systems online after a data exposure.

Maryland’s new digital services portal is making big progress.

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.