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Diversity in cyber is 'knowing we’re going to be better,' state and local officials say

by Benjamin Freed

Four Black cybersecurity officials speaking at the RSA Conference discussed the importance of of having diverse workforces in government.

'Whole-of-state' cybersecurity efforts rely on good communications

by Benjamin Freed

Finding trusted local partners is crucial for a statewide cybersecurity strategy, North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson said during a NASCIO webcast.

Why state governments struggle to hire women in cybersecurity roles

by Benjamin Freed

Women account for less than one-quarter of the cybersecurity workforce overall, and in government the gap is often even wider. Maria Thompson, the chief risk officer for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, shared at a conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday her theory of why this continues to be the case. “If you wake up in the morning and everyone you work with looks the opposite of…