Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - February 3, 2019

ITD hosts cybersecurity demonstration

Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford stopped by a two-day hacking demonstration at the Capitol this week. Security experts from the Information Technology Department, along with partners from Palo Alto Networks, demonstrated real-world methods used by hackers to attack devices and steal information.

Information on what North Dakota is doing to protect and defend the state’s systems and its citizens’ data was also presented, along with tips that citizens can use to protect themselves at home, work or school.

Protecting North Dakota's financial assets and citizens' data is an important function of state government, which is why Burgum's executive budget proposed $16.4 million to enhance cybersecurity.

What will be the legacy of the Legacy Fund?

In a guest editorial this weekend, Gov. Burgum outlined his vision for use of the state’ Legacy Fund. The governor’s executive budget recommendation includes nine proposals that would leverage $300 million in Legacy Fund earnings to generate over $1 billion in impact.

“Like Theodore Roosevelt, who used his time in North Dakota to transform himself into a bold and fearless leader, we have an opportunity to transform our image as a state. Future North Dakotans will thank the 66th Legislative Assembly for initiating a new era of high-impact investments that will generate returns for generations to come,” Burgum wrote.

“Perhaps someday, when oil revenues slow, it may become necessary to rely on Legacy Fund earnings to balance the budget and fund general government operations. But now is not that time,” he continued. “Now is the time to shed our mindset of scarcity and dream of a brighter future where we exercise sound fiscal management, fund our priorities and truly invest in a legacy for the great state of North Dakota.”

'Work Worth Doing' now available on additional platforms

Gov. Burgum's new podcast, “Work Worth Doing,” is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more!

Make sure to check out the first episode, featuring an interview with Burgum and Leann Bertsch, director of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The show's title was inspired by former President Theodore Roosevelt, who said, “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Ted Roosevelt V will be the guest for the podcast’s second episode to be released later this week.

First Lady presents Social Impact Award at 1 Million Thanks event

First Lady Kathryn Burgum presented the Social Impact Award to F5 Project at Emerging Prairie's 1 Million Thanks event in Fargo this week.

F5 Project is an organization working to change the lives of prisoners while in confinement and prepare them to break the cycle of crime and foster the reuniting of families.

Don't forget to join us on Monday for Recovery Day!

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum are inviting stakeholders, legislators and the public to the first-ever Recovery Day at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 4, to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and the disease of addiction and celebrate the power and hope of recovery.

Legislative leaders will join the governor, first lady and recovery advocates for a program at 12:15 p.m. in Memorial Hall, along with key behavioral health system stakeholders and people with lived experience. Recovery providers will have booths set up from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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