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With an executive order Thursday, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee called for creation of an Artificial Intelligence Task Force and centers of excellence for AI and data. Goals include operational efficiencies and improved service delivery.
The Institute for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies, located within the business school at RIC’s Providence campus, hosts degree programs in computer science, cybersecurity and computer information systems.
At last week’s NASCIO conference, state technology leaders recommended focusing on developing strong relationships with municipalities to help meet the administrative burden posed by the influx of resources from recent federal funding packages.
Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Elizabeth Tanner is paying close attention to the e-government work being done in Estonia in her mission to offer more modern, streamlined state services.
New state CIO and CDO Brian Tardiff aims to make constituent services more efficient, upskill the workforce, modernize systems and enhance cybersecurity. The state is also actively recruiting for its next CISO.
Brian Tardiff has been tapped as the permanent replacement for Bijay Kumar, who left the CIO and chief digital officer post in September 2022. He comes with experience as state IT department chief of staff and CISO.
In a forthcoming project, Secretary of Commerce Elizabeth Tanner hopes a centralized data lake and distributed ledger technology could securely share professional and business identity data across state agencies.  
Chief Information Security Officer Brian Tardiff will take the helm in an interim capacity, as Kumar makes his return to the private sector. The state will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.