Ask the CIO: SLED Edition

Ask the CIO: SLED Edition hosted by John Thomas Flynn, former chief information officer in California and Massachusetts, and president of the National Association of State CIOs, features discussions with state and local CIOs, chief information security officers, program leadership and elected officials, plus the IT vendor community.


Ask the CIO: SLED Edition

New Jersey CTO's cybersecurity background a big plus

One barometer to use when assessing how serious states are about cybersecurity may be a governor's selection of a new chief information officer.  In the case of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, his first choice last year turned out to be the state deputy chief information security officer, Chris Rein, arguably the first CISO to be elevated to the top state IT job in the nation. This week he joined Ask the CIO: SLED Edition with host John Thomas Flynn.
00:24:00 9/11/2019

Past Episodes

The National Governor's Association (NGA) has expressed new interest in state information technology issues particularly around the subject of cybersecurity. This year NGA instituted a process whereby states are competitively selected for partnerships with the organization to work together on cybersecurity challenges. Just last month NGA announced that it would partner with seven states, including Maryland, to help enhance their cybersecurity strategies. Ask the CIO: SLED Edition spoke with Maryland Secretary of Information Technology and state Chief Information Officer Michael Leahy, and state Chief Information Security Officer John Evans, about how they became involved in this program.
00:24:00 8/7/2019
InnovateOhio is the Buckeye State's answer to improving government services through enabling technologies. Under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, InnovateOhio is advancing Gov. Mike DeWine's administration's commitment. State Chief Information Officer Ervan Rodgers II joined Ask the CIO: SLED Edition to explain his role in the program.
00:24:00 7/24/2019
In Arizona, where sand or dust storms are neither irrational nor unexpected, one such event knocked out the state's data center services for three days and as a result was a catalyst for the Chief Information Officer Morgan Reed's aggressive move toward cloud services. Reed caught up with Ask the CIO: SLED Edition at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit last month to explore his challenges and the progress he's made.
00:24:00 7/17/2019
Chris DeRusha, Michigan's top security officer, is quick to clarify why his title is chief security officer rather than chief information security officer. Like so many other states Michigan had a change in administrations last fall, and since taking office this year Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has made significant changes in the CIO organizational hierarchy. DeRusha spoke with John Thomas Flynn on Ask the CIO: SLED Edition about his office's structure and new legislation which could mean positive changes for how state and local governments share cyber threat information with the Department of Homeland Security.
00:22:58 6/26/2019
During the hour-long "Battling the Opioid Crisis with Help from the Cloud" panel at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, 130 people across the country died from an opioid overdose. The event's panelists have implemented cloud-based solutions across agencies in multiple levels of government to securely input, analyze, and distribute citizen data in support of programs designed to address substance abuse and behavioral health in their communities. One of them, Kris Shera, state opioid coordinator for the Washington State Health Care Authority, spoke with John Thomas Flynn on Ask the CIO: SLED Edition.
00:24:00 6/12/2019
Host John Thomas Flynn spoke to Shireen Santosham, chief innovation officer for the Mayor of San Jose's Office of Technology and Innovation, and Dolan Beckel, director of the Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy for San Jose, about how the city found itself on the forefront of 5G deployment in the country and what the future holds.
00:22:21 6/5/2019
State chief information officers (CIOs) these days come in all different shapes, sizes and backgrounds, but that was not always the case. At this year's National Association of State Chief Information Officers Midyear Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, John Thomas Flynn spoke with state and local CIOs about their experience. Hear the conversation on Ask the CIO: SLED Edition.
00:23:04 5/29/2019
Host John Thomas Flynn spoke to Nebraska state Chief Information Officer Ed Toner and Connecticut state CIO Mark Raymond this month at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' (NASCIO) Midyear Conference just outside of Washington, D.C. It's NASCIO's 50th anniversary this year, and both CIOs are veterans when it comes to state government IT. Hear more about their careers on this week's Ask the CIO: SLED Edition.
00:23:59 5/23/2019
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) celebrated its 50th anniversary recently at National Harbor, just outside of Washington, DC. We were fortunate to have a chance to chat with NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson, who was enjoying his 37th year of state CIO conferences, and Lindsey Parker, D.C. chief technology officer, who was attending her first. Hear more on Ask the CIO: SLED Edition.
00:23:59 5/15/2019
Privatization was not a totally new phenomenon as government operations had always had private sector partners throughout history. However, the new strategy was aimed at more extensive and more comprehensive targets, especially in IT infrastructure, e.g., data centers, networks or internal systems development, traditionally managed and performed by government employees. While similar outsourcing initiatives have been adopted around the country over the years, few have been as significant as those in Georgia, which this year will celebrate a decade of its initiative called the Georgia Enterprise Technology Services (GETS) program. Calvin Rhodes, executive director of the Georgia Technology Authority and state chief information officer who oversees GETS. Eight years ago he was tasked by the governor to revive a failing outsourcing program and the results are showing. He spoke more to John Thomas Flynn on Ask the CIO: SLED Edition.
00:54:57 4/17/2019
Secretary Curt Wood of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services and Security and state CIO served 30-some years in public safety positions in the Commonwealth. His safety and security background was a major factor for receiving the statewide CIO position, especially where cybersecurity is concerned. He joined Ask the CIO: SLED Edition to discuss the state's ongoing consolidation of its CIO office, and planned initiatives for 2019 and 2020.
00:49:43 4/3/2019
A phenomenon called smart cities is growing. These locations are generally defined as urban areas that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is trying to turn his town into a smart city via a partnerhip with Microsoft. He joined the company's President of U.S. regulated industries Toni Townes-Whitley on Ask the CIO: SLED Edition to discuss how smart city technology helped the Bayou City rebuild after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
00:23:59 3/20/2019
Like many of his state chief information officer peers, Pennsylvania's John MacMillan brings a unique background to his role. The Canadian native and former IT employee with the Canadian Solicitor General and Department of Defense spent a decade with IBM, became a US citizen and was eventually appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf almost exactly four years ago. On Ask the CIO: SLED Edition with John Thomas Flynn, MacMillan shared how his office is consolidating resources and crafting a new strategic plan for 2019.
00:48:16 3/6/2019
Many aspiring state chief information officers have navigated some tortuous paths to become state IT bosses but North Carolina's Eric Boyette's route was decidedly unusual. His noteworthy tenure at the state's Department of Motor Vehicles caught the eye of Gov. Roy Cooper, and now Boyette is planning to revamp North Carolina's IT infrastructure and organization. Hear his discussion with host John Thomas Flynn on Ask the CIO: SLED Edition.
00:54:28 2/13/2019

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