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Breaking down silos and adopting a 'whole-of-state' cybersecurity approach

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Former NSA Director Keith Alexander and former North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson offer a whole-of-state cyber strategy.

Former N.C. cyber chief Maria Thompson joins AWS


Thompson, who stepped down from state government June 4, is now a lead cybersecurity adviser to Amazon Web Services' state and local clients.

North Carolina cybersecurity chief Maria Thompson resigns


Maria Thompson, who had been North Carolina's chief risk officer since 2015, has taken a role in the private sector, state officials said.

Diversity in cyber is 'knowing we’re going to be better,' state and local officials say


Four Black cybersecurity officials speaking at the RSA Conference discussed the importance of of having diverse workforces in government.

'Somehow, it managed to get worse': Ransomware ticks up in 2020


While cyberattacks against the public sector haven't slowed down at all, some states are putting more resources into how they help local governments recover.

CISOs make a case for more state-local cybersecurity collaboration


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.

Five lessons state technology officials took from telework


In an online event, IT officials said enabling entire state workforces to work from home stirred unexpected lessons about culture, cybersecurity and training.

'Whole-of-state' cybersecurity efforts rely on good communications


Finding trusted local partners is crucial for a statewide cybersecurity strategy, North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson said during a NASCIO webcast.

NASCIO announces new leadership, cybersecurity awards


North Carolina CIO Eric Boyette will serve as the organization's president, succeeding Delaware CIO James Collins.