Erik Avakian

Pennsylvania CISO Erik Avakian looks back at 12-and-a-half years

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Pennsylvania CISO Erik Avakian, who said cybersecurity is a team sport, will soon play for another team.

CISOs make a case for more state-local cybersecurity collaboration

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Collaboration "is the only way that we are doing to be able to move the needle when it comes to cybersecurity,” said North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson.

Washington, Pennsylvania consider blockchain for identity management

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At the intersection of cybersecurity and citizen experience, IAM could be improved by blockchain, said two top technology officials.

For state governments, cybersecurity is getting more complex

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State chief information security officers and homeland security advisers who spoke at a federal cybersecurity conference said their missions are widening.

Pennsylvania's 'Keystone Login' aims to please, securely

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The unique portal is designed to provide users an online shopping-like experience that can also integrate with social media and identity proofing.

CISOs underscore need to organize centrally around cyber

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

What states can learn from the OPM breach

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The massive breach in the federal government should be a wake up call for states, IT leaders said.

Pa. CISO shares concerns with free cloud services

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The use of free clouds for computing and storage is becoming more popular, but the state of Pennsylvania is one not buying the hype.

Pa. CISO Erik Avakian on cloud security, contracts, vendor selection (VIDEO)

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Erik Avakian, chief information security officer, Pennsylvania, discusses issues around cloud computing, including free services, legal hurdles, terms, pilots and vendor partnerships.

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