Q&A: Kirk Herath, Ohio’s cybersecurity czar

Three states have created the role since last year amid ever-present threats.
The state Capitol in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

All 50 states have a chief information security officer responsible for developing and implementing cybersecurity strategies, with threats of attack ever-present for state and local governments. Since last year, three states — Louisiana, Ohio and New York — have also established a cyber czar position.  

In Louisiana and New York, the formal title is chief cyber officer. Ohio’s is cybersecurity strategic adviser.

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