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South Dakota Wins NASCIO State IT Recognition Award

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) selected 31 finalists across 10 categories for the State IT Recognition Awards. This is the 30th consecutive year NASCIO has honored outstanding information technology achievements in state government through the awards.

The State of South Dakota was recognized in the Cybersecurity category for our Email Threat Assessment Evaluation. The submission is titled Walleyes, Whales and Cybersecurity.

Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible for nomination. NASCIO members served as volunteer judges to review the 120+ submissions, narrowing the nominees down to finalists in each category. From these finalists, a recipient will be announced during an awards dinner at the upcoming NASCIO Annual Conference this October in San Diego, CA.

“For thirty years, NASCIO awards have honored exemplary state information technology projects,” said Denis Goulet, Commissioner, Department of Information Technology, State of New Hampshire and Awards Committee Co-Chair. “These awards provide a national platform to honor states and project teams on a job well done and to demonstrate the integral and transformative nature IT can have on state government and the experiences of citizens.”

Jim Edman, the State’s Chief Information Security Officer said, “The Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) prioritizes cyber security as one of our most important initiatives. NASCIO members across the country have also prioritized cyber security as its number one priority since 2013. This award reaffirms that the time and efforts our staff invests in working with our clients to protect our confidential data is recognized as one of the top programs in the country. “

“The prestige of this awards program and its importance to the state IT community is confirmed by the large number of NASCIO members that submit nominations and give their time to serve as judges,” said Yessica Jones, Director and Chief Technology Officer, Department of Information Systems, State of Arkansas and Awards Committee Co-Chair. “Peer review is what sets NASCIO awards apart from others in the field and this recognition from peers is especially meaningful to the award finalists.”

The award nominations showcase the use of information technology to address critical business problems, more easily connect citizens to their government, improve business processes, and create new opportunities that improve the lives of citizens. To ensure states have access to the innovations and leading practices of their peers, all award submissions will be added to the NASCIO’s awards library by late September.