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Beau Monday – Punahou School

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The need for cybersecurity training ongoing vis-a-vis the growing threats of ransomware, fraud and identity theft, Beau Monday ensures personnel at Punahou School, the largest private K-12 in Hawaii, keep abreast. But rather than subjecting the 1,300-plus workforce to annual or semiannual seminars on the subject, Monday arranges for monthly micro-trainings that, to his thinking, […]

Abe Alirez – Duncan and Son Lines

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As Abe Alirez was growing up, he dreamt of driving a truck—hauling loads of freight that help keep the economy going while seeing the U.S. along its highways and byways. Alirez also loved technology. He wasn’t old enough to drive a truck, but he was old—and skilled enough—to repair his friends’ video game systems. For […]

Jeff Scheetz – City of Avondale, Arizona

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jeff Scheetz likes to joke that he moved from his native Colorado to Avondale, Arizona, to escape the snow. He’s done that, although it also means he left some of his favorite fishing streams behind when he became chief information officer for the city of 89,334 that’s on the western boundary of Phoenix. However, Scheetz […]

Jako van Blerk – Macomb County

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Onward it goes, the migration of on-premise case management systems to the more secure yet still accessible cloud. Time was when it might have been met with dissent by the people who administer Michigan’s Macomb County, but as Chief Information Officer Jako van Blerk assures, the process proceeds according to plan and with the support […]

Rockford Benson – Ashtabula County

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Ashtabula County, Ohio, sits on the shores of Lake Erie, all 720 square miles of it dotted with quaint towns and picturesque greenery. It’s known for its wine country, covered bridges and—if you ask Rockford Benson—the down-to-earth friendliness of its 97,000 people. Benson is a native son who came home to serve his neighbors. He’s […]

Sarah Slipetz – Rush University System for Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

How it helps to know the nuances of a profession before transitioning to a supportive role. So says Sarah Slipetz who spent the early years of her career as a registered nurse, getting a clogs-on-the-floor look at how inefficiencies were built into almost any healthcare system. Her colleagues and patients deserved better, she says. “I’ll […]

Denise Figueroa – Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Denise Figueroa had to look up Oklahoma on a map when she applied to work for the state’s Office of Management and Enterprise Services in 2021. When she got the call for an interview, she asked twice about where they were calling from because she hadn’t expected a response. Then, when she got the job […]

John Collins – Lynchburg City Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As festivals go, this one won’t conjure up memories of Woodstock, Live Aid or Coachella. No one gets inundated by storms causing seas of mud, no rock stars take jets to play multiple venues in a day, and the setting is south central Virginia, not the California desert. But John Collins has very high hopes […]

Anthony Neumann – City of Oshkosh

Est. reading time: 5 mins

One chilly morning in January 2020, Tony Neumann got the call every IT director dreads. Some strange splash screens—also known as boot or welcome screens—were popping up on devices given to employees of the City of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where Neumann has worked since 1999. Before long, staffers couldn’t use their devices. Neumann tried to remote […]

Nicholas Schopperth – Dayton Children’s Hospital

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Having spent over a decade in cybersecurity, Nicholas Schopperth has pretty much seen it all. But when one hacker went after the direct deposit information of his colleague at Dayton Children’s Hospital, the mild-mannered Air Force veteran got mad. “I don’t like when people bully my people,” Schopperth says. “So, I called the bank, because […]

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