Arkansas IT Secretary Jonathan Askins
Arkansas IT Secretary Jonathan Askins speaks on a panel at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers annual conference in Minneapolis on Oct. 10, 2023. “I want the gamer, I want the kid that spends 24 hours in the basement playing games all day, that’s the kind of person I’m looking for,” Askins said while discussing workforce initiatives. (Colin Wood / Scoop News Group)

States vary on cyber awareness, workforce approaches

Cybersecurity continues to be the top concern of state chief information officers, but Arkansas IT Secretary Jonathan Askins recommended states focus on their defense postures rather than…
whole of state cyber panel NASCIO 2023
From left: Alex Whitaker, NASCIO’s director of government affairs; Torry Crass, North Carolina’s chief risk officer; Ryan Murray, Arizona’s chief information security officer; and Jennifer Pittman-Leeper, a former security program manager in Arizona now working in the private sector. (Colin Wood / Scoop News Group)

Sustainable funding, workforce challenge whole-of-state cybersecurity transition

State officials said at NASCIO's annual conference that some smaller governments are living "below the cyber poverty line."