BISMARCK, ND – Governor Doug Burgum today thanked North Dakota Chief Information Officer (CIO) Shawn Riley for his transformational leadership and service over the past nearly six years after Riley stepped down from his post on December 2 to join the private sector.
Burgum named Deputy CIO Greg Hoffman to serve as interim CIO and lead the North Dakota Department of Information Technology (NDIT) while a search is conducted to fill the CIO position. Hoffman has been with NDIT since 2005 and has led its administrative services division since 2014. He was named assistant chief information officer last April.
Burgum appointed Riley as CIO in March 2017. Riley previously held IT leadership positions for 17 years, including as Chief Information Technology Officer for Mayo Clinic and as Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Mayo Health System. Clinic.
“Shawn embodies the term ‘transformation leader,’ and the positive impacts of his leadership in innovation, technology and cybersecurity will be felt in NDIT and across our state for years to come,” Burgum said. “We are deeply grateful for his service to the State of North Dakota.”
In his resignation letterRiley said it has been an honor to serve the state for nearly six years, and he thanked the team members for their efforts and achievements in advancing technology in government.
“The state of North Dakota is now the undisputed national leader in cybersecurity,” Riley said in his letter, adding that the state’s initiatives have changed the education of future generations and radically changed the government’s ability to the state to serve its citizens safely and effectively.
During Riley’s tenure, North Dakota became the first state to authorize a centralized, shared service approach to cybersecurity across all aspects of state government, protecting a statewide network that has approximately 252,000 daily users in more than 400 entities. The state government alone defended against an average of 4.5 billion attacks per day last year, including K-12, higher education and all those affecting the network of the State. North Dakota also became the founding member of the Joint Cybersecurity Operations Command Center, which is now part of the cyber defense of more than 60 million Americans and was the nation’s first center of its kind for direct state-to-state sharing. State of cyber threats. intelligence.
Riley was also instrumental in the development of the PK-20W initiative, an award-winning, statewide approach to computer and cybersecurity education and workforce training that involves more than 40 public and private sector organizations. Additionally, North Dakota became the first state to allow a high school state championship for a cyber competition, Cyber Madness, which has now also been expanded for college.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, within 48 hours of the governor declaring a state of emergency, under Riley’s leadership, NDIT enabled approximately 7,000 state team members to working remotely to support agencies’ ability to serve citizens, accomplishing in weeks or months what would normally have taken years.
Riley will join Bitzero International as the new CEO of US Operations.
The CIO position will be posted on Friday.