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October 2018, Vol. 20, No. 5

Kurt Huhn discusses the role of CISO in the Ocean State

Rhode Island is the smallest state in terms of land area, but it is the second most densely populated, after New Jersey. With a population of 1,022 people per square mile, it is home to a complex mix of government agencies, defense contractors and businesses. The state's cybersecurity challenges are substantial. Kurt Huhn, in the role of CISO for the state of Rhode Island since December 2013, has brought his private sector skills to the problem in recent years. When Huhn started his technology career in the 1990s as a "hot-headed 20-something who had just figured out that people would actually pay me to play with computers," he relocated to Silicon Valley to find the best opportunities. It was a time when everyone in IT was expected to be a generalist and security was not yet a specialty. Huhn didn't narrow his focus to cybersecurity until he took a job in IT at a small, East Coast bank. That's where the transition began, and the computer skills he began to acquire on an Apple IIe as a 14-year-old got stretched in a new ...

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