written by Lindsey Mackenzie
Sean Riley, who served as North Dakota’s chief information officer for six years, is stepping down to become the new CEO of cryptocurrency mining firm BitZero International’s Americas business unit, Gov. Doug Burgham announced Wednesday.
“Sean embodies the term ‘transformation leader’ and the positive impact of his leadership on innovation, technology and cybersecurity will be felt in information technology in North Dakota and throughout the state for years to come. will be available,” said Burgham. in a press release“I am deeply grateful for his service to North Dakota.”
Deputy CIO Greg Hoffman will serve as North Dakota’s interim CIO, according to the release, and will lead North Dakota’s information technology department while the state searches for a replacement for Riley. Riley’s resignation is dated his December 2nd.
Riley was named CIO in 2017 and previously served as Section Head of Information Technology at the Mayo Clinic and as CIO and Chief Technology Officer at the Mayo Clinic Health System.
During Riley’s tenure, North Dakota became the first state government-wide to approve a shared services approach to cybersecurity, with 400 public agencies now operating networks with more than 250,000 daily users. increase.North Dakota also founder of the Joint Cybersecurity Operations Command Center.
Riley will join Bitzero International, a cryptocurrency mining company that has turned a former ballistic missile base in northeastern North Dakota into a cryptocurrency mining center. bit zerowhich is backed in part by “Shark Tank” co-host Kevin O’Leary, also says it intends to become a hub for the assembly and distribution of graphene battery technology.