Media Archive

2015



The Florida Channel News Brief

December 7, 2015

Holiday Shopping (Beginning at minute 04:21)

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/12715-2/

This story features AST’s Danielle Alvarez and advice to consumers on how to prevent your “wearable” devices from being compromised.



The Florida Channel News Brief

November 30, 2015

AST is highlighted during the "Cyber Monday" segment beginning at 09:00.

http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/113015/







October 28, 2015

From Capitol News Service: Getting Hacked

Video interviews with Jason Allison and Danielle Alvarez of the AST, regarding the Florida Cyber Summit.


October 23, 2015

AST's Jason Allison is featured on this week's episode of The Rotunda, a podcast focusing on the people and issues shaping Florida. Listen to Jason beginning at 15:00 to hear about AST's priorities and the importance of cybersecurity.






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2015

CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE
(850) 717-9282
media@eog.myflorida.com

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Technology Advisory Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced three appointments to the Technology Advisory Council.

Peter Butler, 51, of Tallahassee, is the director of the technology sector for National Strategies LLC. He is appointed for a term beginning July 9, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016.

Kenneth Fountain, 46, of Pensacola, is an attorney and senior partner of Fountain Schultz & Associates. He is appointed for a term beginning July 9, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016.

Allen Ginder, 48, of Jacksonville, is the public sector director of Florida for Avaya. He is appointed for a term beginning July 9, 2015, and ending June 30, 2018.


AST's Jason M. Allison (Executive Director and State CIO) wins "State Up & Comer 2015" Award

April 27, 2015

AST's Jason M. Allison (Executive Director and State CIO) wins "State Up & Comer 2015" in StateScoop's 2015 50 Awards, which honors the best and brightest who make state and local government more efficient and effective.

(Keep reading)


Electric Grid Vulnerable to Cyber Attack, Experts Warn

Bill Cotterell, Tallahassee Democrat, 6:43 a.m. EDT April 14, 2015

 

An enemy could kill millions by knocking out America's power grid with a nuclear bomb exploded in space, three national security experts told Florida legislators Monday.

It could even happen naturally, with a massive solar flare – as it did in 1859 – but back then, the only technology affected was the telegraph key. Today, everything, from washing machines to home computers and a giant generating plants, depends on microchips computer systems that could be rendered useless for years by an electro-magnetic pulse. (Keep reading)


State of the State Reception

Tallahassee, FL
March 2, 2015

AST's Kristina Wiggins (Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs Director) and Danielle Alvarez (Chief Information Security Officer) were fortunate to have their picture taken with Governor Rick Scott during the 2015 State of the State Reception.


Media Archive

2014


Florida Makes Interim CIO Jason Allison Permanent

Florida's interim CIO Jason Allison impressed enough people to turn the job into something more permanent.

by News Staff / December 15, 2014

Florida Interim CIO Jason Allison became the state’s permanent CIO on Dec. 9, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced. Allison, who was named to the interim position in July, has in recent months received kudos for his achievements around managing the state’s Agency for State Technology (AST), recruitment of support personnel, and headway in development of a state technology plan.

"I am confident Jason will do a great job managing and overseeing the state’s technology projects,” Scott stated in a press release.
(Keep reading.)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2014

CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE
(850) 717-9282
media@eog.myflorida.com

Governor Scott To Visit Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology To Highlight $20 Million In Tech Center Funding In “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” Budget

NAPLES, Fla. — Tomorrow, January 9, Governor Scott will visit the Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology to highlight his proposed $20 million in tech center funding as part of his “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: 2:00 PM

WHERE: Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
                 3702 Estey Avenue
                 Naples, FL


Governor Rick Scott: Florida Overtakes New York as 3rd Most Populous State

December 23, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement regarding Florida officially becoming the third most populous state in the nation.

Governor Scott said, “Today’s news of Florida officially becoming the third most populous state is exciting. As the holiday season approaches, we have learned in the last week that Florida businesses have added over 715,000 private-sector jobs in less than four years, far surpassing our goal to create 700,000 jobs in seven years. Our unemployment rate of 5.8 percent is also the lowest since 2008, and now we are overtaking New York as the third most populous state. Florida is on the way to become the number one destination for jobs and we continue to be the best place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to more people and more job creators moving to Florida in the near future.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2014

CONTACT: GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE
(850) 717-9282
media@eog.myflorida.com

Governor Rick Scott Announces the Appointment of Jason Allison as Chief Information Officer and Executive Director for the Agency for State Technology

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Jason Allison as the Chief Information Officer and executive director for the Agency for State Technology, after serving as interim since July 2014. Governor Rick Scott signed legislation to establish the Agency for State Technology in July 2014.

Governor Scott said, “I am confident Jason will do a great job managing and overseeing the state’s technology projects.”

Director Jason Allison said, “I am humbled and eager to serve Governor Scott and the state of Florida in leading the groundwork for the Agency for State Technology. I plan to use the state’s technology resources in the most efficient and effective manner while serving in this capacity.”

Allison served as the Information Technology Policy Coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget from 2012 until July 2014. From 2011-2012, he was the Chief Information Officer for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Allison was the Senior IT Business Consultant at the Agency for Enterprise Information Technology from 2008-2011, and the MIS Director for the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control from 2002-2008. Allison received his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University.


Florida Names Jason Allison as Interim State CIO

By statescoop

By David Stegon · Monday, July 28, 2014 · 2:48 pm

Florida has named Jason Allison as its interim chief information officer and the executive director of the new Agency for State Technology, sources confirmed to StateScoop.

Allison has a long history with Florida’s state government, most recently serving as the information technology policy coordinator for Gov. Rick Scott within the state’s Office of Policy and Budget. (Keep reading)


Florida to Create an Agency for State Technology. Will It Work?

by Government Technology | May 19, 2014

By Matt Williams
After a two-year hiatus, there’s momentum among Florida’s elected leaders to bring back the state’s technology agency and rehire a CIO. The move is predictable. Since 2005, the state has pulled the plug twice on the office — and this would be the second time it’s revived.

But government departments are not interchangeable widgets. The stops and starts have left Florida with a patchwork of technology that some say isn’t what it should be. Others fear that Florida is falling behind as other states push forward with large-scale enterprise projects that utilize cloud computing and other scalable technology. (Keep reading)


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Agency for State Technology
Erin.Choy@ast.myflorida.com
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