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Burgum congratulates 10 high school teams registered for ND Cyber Madness tournament.

Gov. Doug Burgum today congratulated the high school teams signed up to participate in the ND Cyber Madness tournament. Ten high school teams from nine high schools across North Dakota have enrolled in the free cyber tournament to take place Feb. 10-12 at Bismarck State College Center of Excellence.   


Entire Fort Yates Middle School to participate in 'Hour of Code'

Fort Yates Middle School will be taking part in 'Hour of Code™’ on Dec. 9. Staff from North Dakota Information Technology-EduTech, Microsoft Teals, and North Dakota Department of Public Instruction have collaborated to plan this schoolwide event. Fort Yates Middle School educators and administration are implementing many facets into this event, to include career awareness focused on computer science and cybersecurity and emphasize Indigenous connections to the topics.


North Dakota schools encouraged to participate in nationwide 'Hour of Code' during Computer Science Education Week

'Hour of Code™ will take place statewide on Thursday, Dec. 9 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The 'Hour of Code™’ is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered. Held in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week, the event is part of a broader effort to give students of all ages opportunities to learn about coding and computer science as foundational skills for the workforce of the future. 


Korsmo receives outstanding service award

Chief Information Officer of North Dakota Shawn Riley announced today North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) department architect Tracy Korsmo received the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) Outstanding Service Award. 


Gregg named Chief Information Security Officer

 North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Michael Gregg as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). 


Riley announces CyberStart America competition

Bismarck, ND (OCT. 2020)-The State of North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced North Dakota’s participation in the CyberStart America Competition


Krishnan named Chief Data Officer

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Ravi Krishnan as Chief Data Officer (CDO). He will be responsible for helping reinvent government through technology and enhanced user experiences for citizens and stakeholders. 


Riley announces inaugural ND Cyber Madness high school cyber tournament

 The State of North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced the North Dakota Cyber Madness tournament is coming to Bismarck, Feb. 10 – 12, 2022.


Riley emphasizes demand and opportunities during Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today emphasizes demand and opportunities in cybersecurity for Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week. North Dakota students, parents and educators are encouraged to explore educational and career opportunities in the cybersecurity industry. 


Amundson named Chief Customer Success Officer

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Evonne Amundson as the Information Technology agency’s Chief Customer Success Officer (CCSO), a position directly aligned with elevating NDIT’s focus on driving value for customers through a holistic strategy focused on people, process and technology to achieve business needs. 


NDIT announces online cybersecurity competition for middle, high school students

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced the availability of CyberPatriot, an online cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. 


ND K-12 students urged to install anti-malware as new school year begins

ND K-12 students urged to install anti-malware as new school year begins


COVID-19 test results available through new Citizen Portal

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has collaborated with North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) to make COVID-19 test result reports available to view, download and print in a single location. Individuals who have registered through TestReg.nd.gov can now access their COVID-19 test result reports for tests that were resulted after June 10th, 2021.


Riley congratulates ND winner of Aspirations in Computing award

Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today congratulated Alyssa Traylor for winning the Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) at a virtual ceremony hosted by EduTech, the K-12 educational technology arm of the State of North Dakota Information Technology Department (NDIT). 


Ford awarded Gov Tech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Shawn Riley congratulated Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Kevin Ford today for being recognized by Government Technology as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2021. The award highlights the exceptional work of people who tirelessly leverage technology to make government better serve the citizen.


Burgum, Baesler announce Innovative Education Week June 7-11, 2021, Ignite ND June 8-11

Gov. Doug Burgum and state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today announced Innovative Education Week, June 7-11, 2021. The content-rich week of events kicks off with the fifth annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education on June 7, featuring a keynote by Code.org CEO and co-founder Hadi Partovi.


NDIT sets goal of 45,000 anti-malware software installs on Chromebook devices for K12 students in 2021

Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford today announced the State of North Dakota Information Technology Department (NDIT) has a goal in 2021 – the installation of anti-malware software on 45,000 Chromebook devices K-12 students use to attend class remotely or in a hybrid environment


Burgum announces “A+” grade in CyberStart America competition, encourages statewide participation

Burgum announces “A+” grade in CyberStart America competition, encourages statewide participation


Burgum congratulates Riley for receiving Patriot Award for exemplary support of the military

Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley for receiving the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award today for exemplary leadership and support of military members and veterans employed at North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT).


NDIT offering cybersecurity monitoring tool FREE for STAGEnet agencies

In order to protect the information of every North Dakota citizen who interacts with state agencies for various services, the North Dakota Information Technology Department is offering the Tenable Vulnerability Management tool at no cost.  


NDIT makes online security assessment available for ND citizens

Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford announced today the State of North Dakota Information Technology Department is providing a free online cybersecurity risk and vulnerability assessment to help citizens increase their ability to protect themselves and their personal devices from cyber-attacks.


NDIT executives participating in virtual Government IT Symposium

ADVISORY - Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley, Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford, and Chief Data Officer Dorman Bazzell will participate in the 39th Annual Government IT Symposium Dec. 8 - 10. North Dakota’s statewide computer science and cybersecurity education initiative, code-named K-20W to reflect “kindergarten through PhD and workforce,” is also nominated for a Golden GOVIT award.


North Dakota schools encouraged to participate in nationwide Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week

A statewide Hour of Code will take place Dec. 7 - 11 as part of a nationwide, annual event hosted by Code.org. Held in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week, the event is part of a broader effort to give students of all ages opportunities to learn about coding and computer science as foundational 21st century skills. Microsoft is encouraging students to participate in Hour of Code, including offering one classroom a chance to win micro:bit kits and a virtual training session.


Riley encourages career exploration during Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today encouraged North Dakota students, parents and educators to explore the exciting educational and career opportunities available during Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week.


Burgum announces CyberStart America competition

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the state’s participation in CyberStart America, an innovative, online cybersecurity competition sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and SANS Institute. The competition encourages high school students to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science with a chance to win prizes and scholarships. Registration is open and play begins today. The competition runs through Feb. 28, 2021.


2020 State of Computer Science report highlights North Dakota’s achievements; Teel named to national cybersecurity standards board

Code.org, the Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance have released the 2020 State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities. The report shows that despite increased diversity in computer science classrooms across the country over the last decade, disparities still exist as fewer than half of high schools in the U.S. teach computer science.


Health Hotline spoofing alert

North Dakota Information Technology Department (NDIT) and North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) have received reports of 'spoofing' attacks in which cybercriminals misrepresent themselves as a healthcare professional to extract personal information. Criminals may also be using phone number masking tools to conceal their phone numbers or to emulate the NDDoH public health hotline (866-207-2880).


Insights.nd.gov features students’ learning preferences during COVID

North Dakota’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) program now provides daily data on school, district and state learning preferences for students; face to face; hybrid (for example, two days a week face to face); or all distance learning: https://insights.nd.gov/Education/State/COVID.


New England Public Schools Case Study: Serving Schools, Securing Students, Saving Time

Background

Several NDIT teams including EduTech, Collaboration Technologies, Security and Network have built strong relationships with North Dakota’s school districts over the years


North Dakota Information Technology launches statewide cybersecurity campaign: DefeND

Today, in conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the theme ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.’ Governor Burgum issued a proclamation to bring awareness to protecting our state and citizens from increasing cyber threats due to COVID-19. North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) also announced a new statewide cybersecurity outreach “DefeND” campaign during the Governor’s press conference.


CIO, CISO to participate in third annual CyberCon

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley and Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford will participate in the third annual critical infrastructure and cybersecurity conference scheduled for Oct. 6 – 7, 2020. Hosted by Bismarck State College, this year’s event will be held virtually and features experts including NFL Senior Vice President of Security Cathy Lanier and owner of Black Hills Information Security John Strand.


NDIT, NDUS partner to strengthen cybersecurity for Higher Ed schools

North Dakota Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford  and NDUS Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Darin King announced today that NDIT Cybersecurity Operations Center (CyOC) and North Dakota University Systems’ technology team Core Technology Services (CTS) are partnering to ensure heightened cybersecurity as universities adapt to changing technology needs and increased virtual learning needs.


NDIT announces online cybersecurity competition for middle, high school students

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced the availability of CyberPatriot, an online cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students. CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. 


NDIT to provide free anti-malware to counties ahead of elections

North Dakota Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford announced today that anti-malware software is available to all counties in North Dakota at no cost to their agencies. 


Protecting Lives and Livelihoods: Scalable Testing and Contact Tracing Transform North Dakota’s Fight Against COVID-19

The Scenario

Testing and contact tracing have become part of our daily vernacular.


NDIT to provide free anti-malware software to K-12 schools

North Dakota Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford announced today that anti-malware software is available to all K-12 schools in North Dakota at no cost. NDIT is able to provide installation, licenses and self-service access for schools due to enhanced capabilities and a unified, statewide approach to cybersecurity strategy. Previously a small fee was required per device; however, that requirement is being removed due to increased threats tied to the pandemic and more widespread virtual learning.


ND Health Information Exchange expands system’s footprint

North Dakota Health Information Exchange (HIE) director Shila Blend today announced that the state’s Health Information Network (HIN) has expanded its reach through the Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) initiative. The PCDH effort broadens the health information exchange footprint across the region and nation, providing more seamless exchange of patient-centered data between and among providers.


EduTech, DPI announce Code.org Professional Learning Program open for registration

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and EduTech Director Rosi Kloberdanz today announced a Code.org Professional Learning Program beginning in June for middle school teachers and July for high school teachers. There is also a program available for elementary teachers.


New SLDS Insights.nd.gov features available

North Dakota’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) program, which provides data to support schools, research and evaluation of education and training programs, has added new features on the Insights.nd.gov website. 


Jeff Hensel named Chief Customer Success Officer

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Jeff Hensel as the Information Technology agency’s first Chief Customer Success Officer (CCSO), a position directly aligned with elevating NDIT’s focus on driving value for customers through a holistic strategy focused on people, process and technology to achieve business needs.


Schell selected for leadership position in national technology professionals association

North Dakota Information Technology’s Chief Technology Officer Duane Schell has been selected as the Vice President on the 2021 Executive Board of the National Association of State Technology Directors. This follows Schell’s prior year as Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, which represents information technology professionals from all 50 states.


Burgum congratulates Girls Go CyberStart participants

Gov. Doug Burgum today congratulated the 290 high school women from 21 schools who participated in this year’s Girls Go CyberStart competition sponsored by the SANS Institute. This program is designed to help young women develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills through a series of online cybersecurity challenges.


Statewide coalition launches personal protective equipment portal to connect needs, resources

North Dakota Information Technology, EduTech, Gateway to Science and Microsoft Corp., today announced a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portal, https://gatewaytoscience.org/nd-covid19/, designed to help fill the growing need for PPE throughout the state.


North Dakota students receive national awards, compete in online cybersecurity competition

Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today congratulated ten North Dakota students who received national recognition by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), as well as Valley City State University student Shane Hitch who was a top-five finisher in a Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition hosted by NICERC, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center. The CTF was held in conjunction with the first-of-its-kind technology focused, multi-industry career expo, Dakota Strike, scheduled for April 8 at the Fargodome, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.


Citizens, Team ND members urged to follow safety precautions when using video conferencing tools

Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today alerted the public to new cybersecurity threats tied to video conferencing platforms, like Zoom, which are becoming increasingly popular given the global increase in remote work and learning environments. North Dakota Information Technology’s Cyber Operations Center has also issued a security risk assessment and guidelines for video conferencing platforms that can be accessed here.


Celebrating 25 years of Records and Information Management Month!

ARMA International created this month to celebrate the great work information professionals bring to their organizations and the practices and principles that help manage and protect an organization’s most valued asset.


State officials provide COVID-19-related cybersecurity threat information

Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford, along with North Dakota’s Joint Information Center leadership team, today provided information regarding widespread phishing and social engineering attacks malicious actors are using to exploit the coronavirus pandemic.


Chief Information Officer announces new Chief Customer Success Officer position

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced a new executive position within the state’s Information Technology team. The Chief Customer Success Officer is directly aligned with elevating NDIT’s focus on driving business value for customers through a holistic strategy, including technical integration to achieve state agencies’ business needs.


Bismarck State College Advances to Cyber Collegiate Regional Competition with help from NDIT Team

NDIT’s Lucas Pippenger, Tony Aukland, serve as judge and advisor. BSC students Jacob Langeurd and Ian Johnson also work on the NDIT Security team.


Chief Information Officer to speak at Department of Defense, industry and higher education events

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley will be speaking at several local and national events highlighting the state’s unified cybersecurity approach and statewide K-20W cybersecurity education initiative.


Hemal Basra named Director of Information Technology Service Management

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Hemal Basra, a former senior IT manager with British Petroleum and Hewlett-Packard, as North Dakota Information Technology’s Director of IT Service Management.


Capture the Flag and esports competitions announced for Dakota Strike Career Expo

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley, along with event partners, today announced a Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition to be held in conjunction with the Dakota Strike Career Expo on April 8 in Fargo.


Dakota Strike Mobile Application Competition Announced

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley, along with military, public and private sector partners, today announced details for the Mobile Application Development Competition being held in concert with the Dakota Strike Career Expo April 8 at the Fargodome.


Burgum announces first-of-its-kind, technology-focused, multi-industry career expo at Fargodome

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced a first-of-its-kind, multi-industry career expo aimed at addressing the state’s workforce shortage and highlighting the importance of 21st century skills such as computer science and cybersecurity in various career fields.


North Dakota schools to participate in nationwide Hour of Code

A statewide Hour of Code is planned with dozens of school districts on Thursday, Dec. 12 as part of a nationwide, annual event hosted by Code.org. Held in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week and coordinated by Microsoft, the event is part of a broader effort to give students of all ages opportunities to learn about coding and computer science as foundational 21st century skills.


CIO Shawn Riley to hold media availability during hacking demonstration at the Capitol

ADVISORY          

What:  North Dakota CIO Shawn Riley will hold a media availability during a two-day hacking demonstration at the Capitol.


Burgum encourages student participation in national cybersecurity challenge

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the state’s second year participating in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school students to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by registering.


North Dakota Information Technology office announces new Chief Information Security Officer

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Kevin Ford as chief information security officer (CISO). Ford, a native of Calvert County Maryland, brings more than a decade of experience overseeing information security and cyber-risk management practices for private and public sector clients, including the federal government and Fortune 100 companies.


Reinvention at work: Unified approach to online platforms helps avoid more than $1 million in cost Standardized website platform, digital asset management system will improve citizen experience, help promote North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum today unveiled two reinvention success stories that highlight the administration’s shared values of Working as One and Citizen Focused: the continued expansion of a standardized state website platform and the planned deployment of a statewide photo and video digital asset management system.


Valley City State University Student wins full cybersecurity scholarship from SANS Technology Institute

Shane Hitch, a sophomore at Valley City State University majoring in software engineering, has been awarded a $22,000 scholarship to the Applied Cybersecurity certificate program operated by SANS Technology Institute. 


North Dakota’s Cybersecurity education and training “K-20W” Initiative wins national award

The K-20W Initiative, a statewide, comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education and workforce training, has been named a CSO50 Award winner. Code named “K-20W” to reflect every student from kindergarten through PhD and workforce, the K-20W coalition is comprised of more than 40 public and private sector participants who share a goal of  “Every Student. Every School. Cyber Educated.“ The Initiative was also the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service and was a Center for Digital Government Government Experience Award Finalist.


Schell selected for leadership position in national technology professionals association

North Dakota Information Technology’s Chief Technology Officer Duane Schell has been selected as the Secretary/Treasurer on the 2020 Executive Board of the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD). 


Shawn Riley to keynote National Association of State Technology Directors conference

ADVISORY 

BISMARCK, N.D. (June 10, 2019) – North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley will give the keynote address at the Western Region Seminar for the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) in Grand Forks on Tuesday, June 11.


Burgum signs legislation creating unified cybersecurity approach for North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday signed Senate Bill 2110, a milestone that makes North Dakota the first state to authorize a central, shared service approach to cybersecurity strategy across all aspects of state government including state, local, legislative, judicial, K-12 education and higher education. 


Teaching Tech for 21st Century Success - North Dakota's K-20W Initiative

North Dakota has received accolades as a great place to live, work and do business – our workforce is highly engaged, industries from agriculture and energy to the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector are thriving, and we have a phenomenal ecosystem of public and private sector partners committed to growing our state’s economy and supporting our students and workforce.


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