Who Is the State CISO? Data On Government's Cyberguardians

Cybersecurity is government IT's number one priority, and its importance is only growing. So who are the people charged with protecting government's information? We gathered data on 158 state CISO terms to find out.

by / September 30, 2019
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Though chief informaiton security officers became a universal fixture in state government much later than CIOs, their importance has grown rapidly along with the expanding IT footprint of the public sector and the morphing threats against it.

To better understand who these people are and what factors shape their work, we gathered data on as many state CISOs as we could find — which turned out to be 158 CISO terms. Where appropriate, we compared this with similar data we've compiled on state CIOs in order to put the numbers in context.

To start off, here's a list of the most common names among state CISOs:

  • Michael/Mike: 9
  • Chris/Kris/Christopher: 8
  • James/Jim: 7
  • John/Jack: 6

Editorial Assistant Moriah Chace and Editorial Intern Brady Knell helped compile the information in this report.

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Ben Miller Associate Editor of GT Data and Business

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.

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