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For immediate release: April 24, 2017
Contact: Kayla Leslie

NASCIO Technology Champion Award Presented to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

 
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has awarded Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe with the association’s 2017 NASCIO Technology Champion award. Governor McAuliffe was presented the award at the 2017 NASCIO Midyear Conference in Arlington, VA for his leadership in advancing information technology as an effective tool for government. 

“We are pleased to present the 2017 NASCIO Technology Champion award to Governor McAuliffe,” said Mark Raymond, CIO for the State of Connecticut and NASCIO president. “Governor McAuliffe has made prioritizing cybersecurity a trademark of his administration. His leadership in IT has had an immediate positive impact and serves as an example nationally.”

As Chair of the National Governor’s Association, Governor McAuliffe declared cybersecurity the top priority for states under a “Meet the Threat: States confront the Cyber Challenge” initiative.  A primary goal of the initiative is for states to develop strategies for strengthening cybersecurity practices as they relate to state IT networks, health care, education, public safety, energy, transportation, critical infrastructure, economic development, and the workforce. And in Virginia, the Governor has also made significant efforts to diversify the commonwealth’s economy and protect citizen data.  Cybersecurity is one of Governor McAuliffe’s top priorities and a key component of the New Virginia Economy. This includes the development of a sustainable talent pipeline capable of providing skilled, industry-ready workers to meet this increasing demand.  

Learn more about the NASCIO Technology Champion award and prior recipients at www.nascio.org/awards/ntc.

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