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Building a Future-Proof IT Organization in Kentucky

At NASCIO, Commonwealth Chief Information Officer Chuck Grindle explained that there are three elements of his strategy to make Kentucky and its technology as resilient as possible in the years ahead.

Kentucky CIO Chuck Grindle
Government Technology
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — At the annual NASCIO Conference Monday morning, Kentucky Chief Information Officer Chuck Grindle laid out his three-point plan to foster resiliency within the IT organization he leads. Because even if your organization is stable and running smoothly today, ensuring that continues requires deliberate planning for the future. 

In Kentucky, Grindle complimented the capabilities of the state workforce, while outlining programs to help further develop their skills. In addition, the state has been on an aggressive program of replacing servers and networking equipment over the past year and a half — 85 percent of Kentucky’s core infrastructure, according to Grindle. 

Finally, he points to the importance of disaster recovery in achieving resilience. Kentucky held a disaster recovery exercise in January to identify potential vulnerabilities, working in partnership with agencies like the National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. "Based upon that, we continue to improve our infrastructure," he said. "Those three elements to me is really a resilient environment: The people, the infrastructure and then having a good disaster recovery plan."

Government Technology editor Noelle Knell has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter. Follow @GovTechNoelle
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