Phil Bates

Election officials say they're adopting a 'security first' mindset heading into 2020


The relationship between state and federal officials has improved, but there are still plenty of challenges in securing election systems across the country, speakers at an NGA conference said.

Costly 2012 data breach showed Utah importance of tracking inventory


The incident, which cost the state $10 million, led it to adopt a network-monitoring platform that controls which devices can log on.

How the Utah government got a handle on 60,000 devices


Two years ago, the state didn't know what was on its network. Now, state CISO Phil Bates says it's automating security processes on a well-managed inventory.