When Michael Gregg joined the State of North Dakota as a security leader, he brought with him a concept he liked to use for keeping his security program on track: identifying objectives and key results (OKRs) and tracking progress against them.

He says they had worked for him in the past, and he believed that introducing their use to the state’s security program could be equally useful.

“It was a good way for the security team to stay focused. It helps give me and the teams priorities, it gives alignment between the teams, and we get the tracking and accountability,” says Gregg, who was named the state’s CISO in late 2021 after working in the position as an interim and prior to that as director of state cyber operations.

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