North Dakota Centralizes Cybersecurity For Entire State
In a bold and historic move North Dakota has centralized all of its cybersecurity operations. The States’ IT Department will handle all cybersecurity for the state’s public organizations, including local governments, schools, courts and the state legislature. I applaud this move, it makes a lot of sense to me, consistency is key and organizations at the state level have challenges with having sufficient resources to tackle many cyber threats. In addition, they may now have the budget to be competitive to lure talent, offer training, skills development, and promotional opportunities in multiple areas of cybersecurity under the States purview. Sign me up for election security!
Yes, I know it’s still North Dakota, and I have no particular interest in living there, but I sit on the board of the nonprofit, ChickTech, and we work hard to ensure cybersecurity is introduced to rural areas to increase the overall talent in the field. Being able to utilize and/or repurpose skills of underrepresented populations and train them for cybersecurity jobs is a great way to add talent to our field.
I am always excited when I see organizations solving problems in unique and creative ways and North Dakota is leading the way. I suspect others may follow in their footsteps.