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Security in Profile: The Leaders Keeping Government Safe

Five state and local chief information security officers reveal how they came to government IT work, the essential traits of an effective CISO and what they’re doing to shore up cyberdefenses in unprecedented times.

by Priscilla Christopher / October/November 2020
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Ransomware attacks. Malware attacks. Phishing attacks. DDoS attacks. While cybersecurity has long been a top priority for government IT leaders, the last two years in particular have made clear that a concerted effort to protect government data is paramount.  

With an ever-growing need to protect information assets and secure infrastructure, the role of the chief information security officer has never been more critical to the ongoing effectiveness of government agencies and departments.

Government Technology spoke with five such state and local government CISOs. Here, they share their cybersecurity backgrounds and insights on the field.

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