Posted: Oct 4, 2018

Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley, Chief Information Security Officer Sean Wiese and security expert Shane Swanson participated in the inaugural CyberCon 2018 at Bismarck State College this week. CIO Riley joined keynote presenter Slade Griffin during opening remarks, welcoming the nearly 300 participants at BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence.  

CISO Sean Wiese participated in a panel with legislators titled “Public Policy’s Role in CyberSecurity” and Shane Swanson presented to a packed house on “Hacking Humans, Real Case Studies on Physical Security Attacks.”

During his presentation on Wednesday, CIO Riley shared the vision and partnership around the “K-20W” initiative. This statewide effort includes nearly 40 organizations from across North Dakota’s educational, workforce, military and information technology sectors who are working collaboratively to create a multi-faceted, comprehensive approach to computer science and cybersecurity education and workforce training. The group will be meeting on the BSC campus at the conclusion of CyberCon to continue to advance the initiative.

Examples of progress include EduTech being certified as the first official training partner for NICERC, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center. NICERC is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and is a trusted source for cyber, STEM and computer science curriculum for grades K-12. The partnership means EduTech will be able to extend the reach of NICERC resources statewide to provide greater professional development opportunities for educators.

This also builds on the partnership established this summer between Palo Alto Networks and Bismarck State College, which will grow the college’s Cybersecurity and Computer Networks Program.

“North Dakota’s goal is to lead the nation in cybersecurity education and training for our students and workforce,” Riley said. “This conference is a great opportunity to continue to engage with industry experts and public officials who can help us better understand the threat and the opportunities to protect our citizens, our systems and train our next generation of cybersecurity professionals.”

Riley has previously presented on North Dakota’s efforts for local and national audiences, including a recent webinar for the National Association of State CIOs.