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Mark Weatherford  |  Cybersecurity Columnist

Email : mark@aspenchartered.com Twitter : @marktw

Mark Weatherford, chief strategy officer for the National Cybersecurity Center, is the cybersecurity columnist for Governing and a senior fellow at the Center for Digital Government, both of which are divisions of e.Republic. Among his previous appointments, he served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and, before that, as the chief information security officer for the state of California. In the private sector, Weatherford served in senior roles at the North American Electric Reliability Corp., vArmour, Booking Holdings and Aspen Chartered, in addition to advisory roles with a number of technology startups.

THE FUTURE OF Security

Misinformation, Disinformation and What Government Can Do About Them

Government organizations should proactively support and lead with good cybersecurity practices, and they can help the public by spreading the word about how to spot dangerous lies.

March 9, 2021
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Government’s Supply-Chain Vulnerabilities — and What to Do About Them

Supply chains are the backbone of the public and private sector. The digital components of these complex systems are at increasing risk of being disrupted, degraded or destroyed.

February 9, 2021
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The SolarWinds Cyberattack and the Need for Hyper-Vigilance

The focus has been on the attack's impact on federal agencies and the private sector, but state and local governments need to inventory their vulnerabilities and prepare for a long recovery.

January 12, 2021
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States’ Cybersecurity Opportunities in a New Presidential Administration

While the Trump White House has done some good things, the president-elect has shown genuine interest in the issue, and more federal resources are becoming available.

December 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Two Challenges Government Cybersecurity Needs to Address

Getting away from our continuing reliance on legacy technology and moving toward a centralized organizational model would improve security organizations' ability to meet today's threats.

November 17, 2020
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Security Pros’ Vital Role in Thwarting Election Disinformation

There is much that they can do to support what state and local election officials are doing to counter efforts by those who would weaken our democratic institutions through distrust and suspicion.

October 20, 2020
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The 1,000-Day Information Security Strategy We Need

In many ways, our digital infrastructure was unprepared for the pandemic's challenges. Now is the time for a longer-term cybersecurity vision.

September 22, 2020
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5 Questions Public Leaders Should Ask About Cybersecurity

Elected officials, agency heads and other government leaders need to understand their organizations' challenges and issues. It's the key to establishing a shared culture of security in a public organization.

August 25, 2020
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The Misguided Search for Cybersecurity’s Purple Unicorn

In looking for a new chief information security officer, it's tempting to generate a long list of professional qualifications. But these days, technical expertise isn't what the job is really about.

July 14, 2020
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Will COVID-19 Be a Catalyst for Cybersecurity Leadership?

The challenge for government's information security executives is to integrate risk-mitigating technology into core services and processes — and to play the long game.

June 16, 2020
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