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How Do States Fill Cybersecurity Positions?

State chief information security officers have to get creative to make sure their cybersecurity workforce is ready for today's threats.

Many challenges unite state cybersecurity leaders, starting with recruiting and maintaining the talent needed to protect IT assets from known and emerging threats. At the NASCIO Midyear Conference last month, we talked to chief information security officers (CISOs), who outlined their key workforce challenges and their strategies for taking them on.

In the state of Washington, CISO Agnes Kirk outlined several components of her approach, which include encouraging students to pursue cybersecurity as a career path:

In Missouri, CISO Michael Roling casts a wide net for cybertalent as well, and is finding much of his success in-house. 

Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades 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.