With the holiday season upon us, we at MeriTalk wanted to spread some holiday cheer. We’ve gathered up photos of our furry friends dressed in festive attire, meeting Santa, or just enjoying some winter weather.

Teddra Burgess, senior vice president Public Sector at cybersecurity technology provider Tanium, is still relatively new to the company, but hardly so to the Federal marketplace. Throughout her career, she has held numerous leadership roles at high-profile organizations like ASG Technologies, Micro Focus Government Solutions, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, to name a few.


Data experts Eileen Vidrine, chief data officer (CDO) at the U.S. Air Force, and Jeremy Wilson, multi-factor authentication statewide program manager for the State of Texas, gathered on Oct. 19 at the Dell Technologies North America Forum to share their insights on data protection measures and the importance of keeping data secure.

In just a few short weeks, the crème de la crème of state IT dominions will gather for their first in-person event in 24 months. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will convene their annual conference October 10-13 in Seattle. In addition to the 50 or so state CIOs, another 100 senior state and local government IT officials, and several hundred members of the state IT vendor community will join the gathering for lofty rhetoric; best practices recapitulation; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) sessions; and a major opportunity for networking.


From state and local governments to Federal agencies and the private sector, Active Directory (AD) – Microsoft’s proprietary directory service – is a key component of identity management, enabling administrators to manage permissions and access to network resources for every user across the enterprise.

There’s a long history in the higher reaches of the IT sphere of substantial cross-fertilization in the form of public sector CIOs moving across government levels, transferring among Federal, state and local jurisdictions, and then sometimes landing in the private sector.

A new report suggests that hybrid learning models will continue to persist after the pandemic has subsided, with 94 percent of teachers open to hybrid learning so long as they have the proper resources, curriculum, and support.

With an announced theme of Lead, Collaborate, and Inspire, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will hold its midyear conference on May 25-27. Unfortunately – like both of last year’s big conferences – this month’s show will take place virtually, but the group’s annual conference may go in-person this Fall.

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