Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the state’s second year participating in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school students to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by registering.

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today announced Kevin Ford as chief information security officer (CISO). Ford, a native of Calvert County Maryland, brings more than a decade of experience overseeing information security and cyber-risk management practices for private and public sector clients, including the federal government and Fortune 100 companies.

Just under 400 attendees representing government, industry cybersecurity professionals and students met at Bismarck State College Oct. 2 and 3 for the 2nd Annual CyberCon conference. 

Electronic Records Day 2019Posted: Oct 9, 2019News

October 10th is Electronic Records Day 2019, an opportunity to raise community awareness of our digital records and to enlist help in preserving electronic records.

 The K-20W Initiative, a statewide, comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education and workforce training, has been named a CSO50 Award winner. 

EduTech Director Rosi Kloberdanz and Professional Learning and Outreach Manager Tabitha Teel hit the road in September to share North Dakota’s award-winning “K-20W Initiative” with stakeholders at

Shane Hitch, a sophomore at Valley City State University majoring in software engineering, has been awarded a $22,000 scholarship to the Applied Cybersecurity certificate program operated by SANS Technology Institute. Hitch, one of only 100 students nationwide to receive the scholarship, was a finalist in the SANS Cyber FastTrack challenge, a free online cybersecurity program for college students and graduates designed to help improve the quality and preparation of cybersecurity professionals in this growing, global career field.

New report provides comprehensive analysis of North Dakota’s progress, national progress in expanding access to computer science education