Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has chosen John Godfrey as the state’s new chief information security officer (CISO). In his new role, Godfrey will lead the Kansas Information Security Office (KISO) in developing and implementing information security and cybersecurity strategies. 

The California Department of Justice (DoJ) has released its independent investigation of the exposure of confidential personal data associated with the update of DoJ’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard. The state agency agreed to implement a list of recommendations to improve data security going forward, including hiring a chief information security officer.


Nancy Rainosek, chief information security officer for the state of Texas, explained how her office has been providing secure technical infrastructure to employees executing their duties in a hybrid work environment, during an August 17 event entitled Stuck in Neutral: How to Jumpstart Change in Government, hosted by GovLoop.

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) has tapped Chris Desain to serve as New York’s new chief information security officer (CISO).

University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas (UA) System has hired Eric Wall as its first-ever chief information security officer (CISO) – a newly created position that oversees IT security efforts across all 22 campuses, divisions, and units within the system.


The State of Colorado has appointed Ray Yepes as its next chief information security officer (CISO), the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) announced in a press release.


The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) previewed the results of its biannual state CISO survey during a webinar on Tuesday, revealing the continued growth of cybersecurity staff among the states, and continuing resource challenges.

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