How have government technology organizations responded to the global pandemic? What security actions were implemented in state government to address increasing COVID-19 cyberattacks? Where is this overall situation heading next as states begin to reopen?
To answer these questions and much more, I can think of no better technology and cybersecurity leaders than Craig Orgeron and Jay White — the current CIO and CISO in Mississippi state government.
Dr. Craig Orgeron was selected as the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) and the chief information officer of Mississippi in July 2011.
Orgeron has over 29 years of information technology experience in the private sector and the federal and state level of the public sector. Orgeron began his career as a communications-computer systems officer in the United States Air Force. Currently, he serves as the executive director of the Mississippi (ITS) and CIO of Mississippi. In this role, Orgeron provides statewide leadership in the provision of services that facilitate cost-effective information processing and telecommunication solutions for agencies and institutions. He has served as president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), served on the Executive Committee of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), and has participated in numerous government information technology task forces and committees, such as the Mississippi Broadband Task Force, the Digital Signature Committee, the Electronic Government Task Force, and the Governor’s Commission on Digital Government, which led to the implementation of the enterprise electronic government in Mississippi.
I have known Craig for more than eight years, and I am constantly impressed with his skill and leadership nationwide. I have seen him help numerous other states, and especially CIOs that are new to state government administration.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/state-government-technology-response-to-covid-19.html