Michael Watson

Critical infrastructure threats raise new questions for state CISOs

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Several state CISOs said potential Russian cyber activity against critical infrastructure in the U.S. is stirring uncertainty.

State IT leaders 'still waiting to hear' what cyber grant program will allow

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Illinois CIO Jennifer Ricker said there's "a little to be seen" for how the upcoming grant program will be administered.

Firewalls, multi-factor authentication and lots of VPNs: How CISOs dealt with the pandemic

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Winners of the cybersecurity category of the StateScoop 50 Awards share how they've protected IT infrastructure through the pandemic-induced telework boom.

Texas and Virginia CISOs embrace 'whole-of-state' cybersecurity

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State governments are increasingly roping in more stakeholders when developing their cybersecurity strategies. "Sharing begets sharing," Virginia CISO Michael Watson said.

Rising cyberthreats prompt new techniques in Virginia, CISO says

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Virginia CISO Mike Watson says the state has a dedicated cybersecurity vendor under its new multi-sourcing model, while training remains important as ever.

Cybersecurity goes beyond securing the perimeter, state experts say

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In the fifth episode of StateScoop Radio’s “Priorities” series, state tech execs say security must be integrated into every aspect of the network.

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.

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