Last Sunday, the National Association of State Chief Information Security Officers came to Nashville, an event that normally flies under the media radar but plays an immensely important role in the security of American citizens.
This year the conference focused on areas like cybersecurity and malware, two issues vital to citizens of Tennessee and the greater United States.
Tennessee CIO Stephanie Dedmon understands that “[citizens] want to get to the services they need as quickly as possible on whatever device is easiest for them.” This notion rings universally true for the American public, making the security of each of those devices ever more important for CIO’s across the country.
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Roslyn Layton , October 15, 2019
Huawei was identified as a threat in 2012, but it took leadership five years to take action. Thankfully, the Pentagon’s lagging response has finally increased its pace, with the Defense Department Inspector General recently exposing the purchase of Lenovo, Lexmark and GoPro equipment for military purposes in 2018. Each of these Chinese companies possesses ties to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Communist Party. By introducing these devices into government and personal networks users unknowingly compromise their data security.
However, this threat is not confined to the Federal Government, and it is imperative that state leaders also take action to protect the information of its citizens – which is why Tennessee CIO Stephanie Dedmon and her colleagues in Nashville play such an important role. For example, Chinese technology giant Lenovo boasts its technology is currently used in 900 state and local governments, as well as 70 military and civilian agencies.