When you think of US States exhibiting cybersecurity leadership, which ones come to mind? For me, I’d place Maryland at the top of the list, followed by CA, MA, VA, GA, and a few others. In my view, these states exhibit good efforts around cybersecurity innovation and public/private partnerships.
Now if you pinned me down and asked me to continue my list, I’m not sure where I’d place North Dakota, a state with a population of 755k. Until recently, I had no knowledge or opinion on the state’s cybersecurity position whatsoever. That changed for me when someone from the office of the CIO in North Dakota read one of my blogs on the cybersecurity skills shortage and reached out to fill me in on the state’s cybersecurity efforts. As it turns out, North Dakota is doing quite a bit.