Nevada's Well-Rounded Approach to Security

Nevada CIO Michael Dietrich shares the advice he would give to a state agency faced with a cybersecurity breach.

by , / August 24, 2018

As every IT leader knows, cybersecurity is a “not if, but when” scenario regardless of an organization’s size or the measures they take to keep bad actors away from sensitive data. With reports that government agencies are getting hit with more breaches on a regular basis — and particularly in light of a rash of high-profile ransomware attacks this year — CIOs and CISOs need to make sure they’re covering all of their bases, all of the time.

That’s the way Nevada CIO Michael Dietrich, who joined the state this spring, is framing his approach to ensuring agencies across his organization are prepared for the inevitable. At the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear conference in April, he explained what advice he would give to any Nevada department confronted with a ransomware attack.

From emerging tech and AI to awareness training and relying on subject matter experts, in the video above, Dietrich told GT how he’s tackling cybersecurity from all angles.

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