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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers held its 2022 Mid-Year Conference in May outside of Washington, D.C. IT leaders from 47 states attended the conference. SLATE collected state IT leaders' quotes, updates, stories, and insights from around the web. A preview of the Conference Round Up Report follows.
CIO Bill Smith discussed how the push to hybrid work allowed new voices to join government from the state's more rural areas
People who live in remote regions of the large state were previously excluded from many state government positions requiring relocation
Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Ryan Murray noted that other CISOs focused on cloud security or security within the cloud, but he focuses on "security from the cloud"
The Arizona Department of Homeland Security is moving all security tools to cloud-based platforms
The state wants to expand cyber tool availability to cities and counties
Arizona is combining multiple funding streams to pay for local government security support - state executive branch funds, federal Homeland Security grants, and upcoming cyber grants from the Infrastructure Bill
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jonathan Askins wants to evolve the state's current cybersecurity practices from react-and-respond mode to more a risk management strategy
The state is completing a major data center migration away from a decentralized environment
"We have a centralized environment stood up at this point so as we begin to migrate agencies in, we will protect them with a zero-trust architecture."
Interim CIO Russ Nichols agrees that many problems can be solved relatively cheaply versus massive refreshes
"In government services, good, bad, or indifferent, it operates forever, and we get culture lock-in on whatever those processes are."
CIO James Grant offered tough criticisms of his inherited legacy with state tech
The Florida Digital Service has struggled to fill important positions
Some have criticized the state for spending a $30M cybersecurity fund too slowly
Grant likens the Digital Service to a startup
"We're a startup from within government"
"We have a history of doing state tech worse than anyone else."