GenAI Continues to Dominate CIO and CISO Conversations – Government Technology

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One look at the agenda for the 2024 National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Midyear Conference in Maryland this past week told the story: All roads currently lead to generative AI (GenAI).

But backing up a bit, and for those who may not participate in or understand the importance of these public-sector CxO conversations, NASCIO conference discussions and sessions are paramount to state government technology strategies and plans. In fact, these state government technology, security and privacy trends and best practices could be compared to the importance of the NFL draft discussions for college and professional football fans.


To highlight the great coverage that Government Technology provided of the 2024 Midyear Conference, and partially because I have a quick turnaround to get to the RSA Conference in San Francisco next week, here are some of the top stories and excerpts that flowed from two-plus days of discussions, with my personal observations sprinkled throughout.

As I shared on LinkedIn last Tuesday and noted in the comments there, the opening keynote by Theresa Payton was probably my favorite session. She covered many positive aspects of GenAI and also some scary cyber trends. There is much more in this piece: “NASCIO Speakers Pepper Their AI Optimism With Warnings.” Here’s an excerpt:

“She cautioned that artificial intelligence technology, while helping public agencies with a variety of tasks both mundane and novel, also will provide much better access to cyber criminals.

“For instance, ChatGPT can provide what amounts to targeted marketing for digital thieves. It can enable them to craft their cons in the language of specific audiences and regions, such as writing in different dialects of English.

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