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Shawnzia Thomas

Alaska CIO Bill Smith said that while ransomware is a huge threat and priority for him and the other state CIOs at the NASCIO Midyear conference, the most important way to turn the tide is getting back to basic cyber hygiene.
Steve Hodges brings more than 21 years of information security experience with the state government to the role, recently serving as a senior IT security manager for Georgia’s revenue department.
As the state makes a big push to the cloud, CIO Shawnzia Thomas explained how replacing Georgia’s 20-year-old ERP platform with a new, standardized solution will help set the stage for the next generation of state staff.
Through internships and hands-on experience, Georgia CIO Shawnzia Thomas is building a pipeline of new staff for her agency and showing them the value of working in government.
New state CIO Shawnzia Thomas is focusing on expanding broadband, pushing cybersecurity best practices and taking an employee’s-eye view to technology adoptions in her first few months on the job.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp named Shawnzia Thomas CIO earlier today, replacing longtime state CIO Calvin Rhodes. She starts in the role on July 1, bringing with her 13 years of experience working for the state.