For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2017
Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov
Governor McAuliffe Named First Virginia Governor to Receive 2017 NASCIO Technology Champion Award
~Award recognizes exceptional contributions to IT and cyber security in the public sector~
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe has been named as the first Virginia Governor to be awarded the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Technology Champion Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of information technology and cyber security in the public sector and his efficient and effective use of technology policy. Each year, NASCIO honors a leader who most effectively leverages technology to make government more efficient and effective.
“I thank NASCIO for recognizing me as their 2017 Technology Champion and, in turn, honoring the great progress we’ve made in this sector in Virginia,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Information technology and cyber security are essential to our new Virginia economy. As Governor, each day I face the challenge of balancing innovation and growth with the need to protect the Commonwealth’s data and critical infrastructure. I think we’ve done a great job maintaining that balance and experts around the country are clearly taking notice.”
Under Governor McAuliffe’s leadership, Virginia has expanded its cyber security profile to include partnerships strengthening cybersecurity employment, educational opportunities, and scholarships throughout the Commonwealth. Last month, Virginia entered into a strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services and the Virginia Cyber Range to make Virginia a national resource for cybersecurity education. Earlier this week, the Governor was also honored as the StateScoop State Executive of the Year for his success in making Virginia a national leader in cyber and information technology.
As Chairman of the National Governors Association, Governor McAuliffe has also made cyber security his top priority. His Chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Threat, is focused on helping states strengthen cybersecurity practices as they relate to state IT networks, health care, education, safety, energy, transportation, critical infrastructure, economic development and workforce.