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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 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. 

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

And since the first positive COVID-19 case in North Dakota March 11, Team ND has had a singular focus: protect lives and livelihoods.

This is the story of how people, process and technology came together to transform the state’s efforts to contact testing and tracing – key pieces to the overall equation – through a unified approach built on technology, automation and teamwork.

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.

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.

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

These analysis and drill-down capabilities support a data-driven approach to education outcomes, policy and the 21st century workforce pillar of Gov. Burgum’s Main Street Initiative, emphasizing a skilled workforce; smart, efficient infrastructure and healthy, vibrant communities to help the state’s economy continue to recover from economic impacts of COVID-19.