Reinvention Through CollaborationPosted: Mar 15, 2019News

By Kelly Nagel, North Dakota Department of Health

In recent years, patients with mental illness presenting to emergency rooms in Stark County has increased. These individuals are commonly referred for treatment to the State Hospital or a private treatment facility as well as to committal court hearings, which results in round trip transportation sometimes hundreds of miles away.

North Dakota has received accolades as a great place to live, work and do business – our workforce is highly engaged, industries from agriculture and energy to the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector are thriving, and we have a phenomenal ecosystem of public and private sector partners committed to growing our state’s economy and supporting our students and workforce.

ITD team members Lucas Pippenger and Tony Aukland joined members of the North Dakota Army and Air National Guard in a Cybershield Gateway Exercise Event at Camp Rapid, Rapid City, South Dakota Feb. 21 - 24. The ND team members joined National Guard members from South Dakota and Colorado to prepare for Cybershield 2019 being held in April. 

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the state’s participation in an innovative, online cybersecurity competition and encouraged high school-aged women to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science by participating.

Team North Dakota’s cybersecurity experts stepped out of their comfort zones – and normal cybersecurity protection roles – the last week in January during a two-day hacking demonstration at the Capitol. 

Gov. Doug Burgum, Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today participated in the biennial K-12 Education Technology Showcase in the Capitol’s Memorial Hall. 

Gov. Doug Burgum, CIO Shawn Riley, and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler will hold a media availability during the 2019 Education Technology Showcase at the Capitol Feb. 13, 2019. 

North Dakota CIO Shawn Riley will hold a media availability during a two-day hacking demonstration at the Capitol. State Information Technology executives and security experts, along with partners from Palo Alto Networks, will provide real-world demonstrations of methods used by hackers to attack devices and steal information.

North Dakota’s EduTech, the K-12 educational technology arm of the state’s Information Technology Department, has established formal partnerships with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and®.

Tony Aukland’s title may be “Information Systems Security Analyst,” but it could also be “Chief Advocate” for the state’s cybersecurity mission.