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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.

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.

Previously, the anti-malware software had to be installed manually on each device. Now, school districts can centrally manage and easily deploy software that will protect Chromebook devices in the unique K-12 virtual and hybrid environments.

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that North Dakota received an “A+” grade in the first two months of 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. The “A+” grade is based on current participation of 26 students from 12 schools.

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).

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 to agencies on STAGEnet.

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.

The Personal Security Risk and Vulnerability Assessment online tool is available now at Defend.nd.gov

K-20W Initiative nominated for Golden GOVIT Award

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.

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.

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.

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.