Kevin Ford started as the CISO of North Dakota in November of 2019. His previous role was CISO of CyberGRX in Denver, CO, one of the top cybersecurity start-ups in the nation, where he was responsible for expanding cybersecurity, privacy and risk management capabilities to protect the security information of over fifty thousand organizations, including Fortune 100 clients, from growing, global online threats. He previously served in senior consulting roles for Deloitte where he advised the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Indian Health Service, local governments, and multiple private sector customers on cyber-risk management initiatives and digital privacy. Kevin also served as a member of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework development team and served as a cyber-risk manager for NASA.
He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and history from the University of Maryland, where he also received a Master of Science in cybersecurity. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with advanced certifications in cybersecurity and cybersecurity policy. He is also the recipient of a Deloitte Cybersecurity Graduate Award and a 2016 NASA Achievement Award.