By John Thomas Flynn, Federal News Network
While state CIOs come in all shapes and sizes it was interesting that the last two CIOs we interviewed on Federal News Network have both been IT leaders at universities prior to their state appointment.
Tim Bottenfield made the longest journey, traveling over 2,000 miles from Auburn University in Alabama to his post as Montana CIO in Helena appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2018. However, what really caught my eye was the fact that Bottenfield’s primary background prior to his IT career involved a far different field, or so I thought.
Developing the Cybersecurity Workforce
Amy and Matt talk with Montana Chief Information Security Officer Andy Hanks about his work developing the cybersecurity workforce in Montana, cybersecurity legislation, differences and similarities between the private and public sectors and what's he's learned about himself since the pandemic started.
This publication is mentioned in the podcast: https://www.nascio.org/resource-center/resources/stronger-together-state-local-cybersecurity-collaboration/
StateScoop discusses legacy modernization, service transformation with State of Montana CIO, Tim Bottenfield and other CIOs from across the country.
At last year’s annual conference put on by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, before the novel coronavirus pandemic had captured their attention, state technology leaders said that “digital transformation” was one of their top priorities. Today, as unemployment systems and others are stressed by record numbers of concurrent users, the degree of success that each state has actually had in modernizing its systems has been illuminated.
Keila Szpaller, Missoulian
The weekend of March 21 and 22, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Treasure State with force, and a rush of Montanans newly out of work started filing unemployment claims. To do so, they landed on montanaworks.gov.
By Andy Hanks, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Montana
State of Montana Chief Information Security Officer, Andy Hanks, discusses how to achieve a successful "Cloud Smart" strategy.