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Improving the Talent Pipeline to Boost North Carolina Cyber

In the ongoing quest to improve cybersecurity for North Carolina’s government and its residents, Chief Risk Officer Rob Main says a better workforce pipeline would take his agency to the next level.

North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Rob Main
Government Technology/David Kidd
Public-sector IT leaders regularly cite two issues among their top challenges: cybersecurity and workforce. For North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Rob Main, those go hand in hand.

When we talked to CIOs at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear conference in May, not a small number said they wanted to invest more in talent. Whether that’s improving diversity, supporting staff as they move through their careers or hiring beyond the state capital, state tech leaders are looking for innovative ways to strengthen government’s ranks.

Main, who has held his position with North Carolina since last October, envisions creating a robust talent pipeline from the state’s K-12 and higher education sectors. In his reciprocal model, Main would have those students who are supported in cyber training through school then go on to work for the state government in return.

Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.
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.