State Chief Risk Officer, North Carolina Department of IT
Maria Thompson joined the N.C. Department of Information Technology in January 2015 as the state’s first chief risk officer, reporting to the state chief information officer. This position was established as part of the state’s efforts to bring information risk management capabilities in line with industry standards. In her role, Thompson is responsible for developing an integrated statewide framework to manage information risk, including operations, security and data protection. She comes to NC DIT with decades of IT security experience. She began her career with 20 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as the cybersecurity chief for the Marine Corps. Her previous roles include serving as the Iraq Theater of Operations Certification Authority. She also served as a senior security engineer for SecureInfo and senior security architect and program manager for Imperatis Corp. in Virginia. Thompson holds a Master of Science in information technology from the University of Maryland, University College – Adelphi.