Cracking the code: The Strategy Behind Whole-of-State

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, a Whole-of-State (WOS) strategy is imperative to fortify defenses, share knowledge, and build a more secure future for communities.

In this post, we’ll delve into the strategic layers that form the backbone of a successful Whole-of-State (WOS) collaboration in cybersecurity. As we’ve explored in previous posts, WOS is all about unity and collaboration, but how do we translate this collaborative spirit into effective policies, sustainable funding, and comprehensive support? Let’s break it down.

As we explore the policy, funding, and support aspects, we’ll also spotlight the pivotal role of Global Market Innovators (GMI) in ensuring the success of WOS initiatives.

The Strategy Layer of WOS: Policy, Funding, Support

Policy: Unifying Frameworks for Cybersecurity

A robust policy framework that provides a common ground for all participating entities is the cornerstone of any successful Whole-of-State strategy. This includes states, cities, counties, K-12 schools, tribes, and private sector partners. The policy should outline clear guidelines for information sharing, incident response, and collaboration mechanisms. It’s about creating a shared language that facilitates seamless communication and understanding across diverse sectors.

The policy should address:

  • Information Sharing: Encouraging open communication channels to share threat intelligence and best practices.
  • Incident Response: Establishing a coordinated approach for responding to cybersecurity incidents, ensuring a rapid and unified reaction.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Setting standards to ensure all entities follow cybersecurity best practices and legal requirements.

Funding: A Collective Investment in Cybersecurity Resilience

A significant challenge in the public sector has been underfunding cybersecurity efforts, making it an attractive target for cyberattacks. To counter this, a successful Whole-of-State strategy must explore innovative funding options. This could involve a combination of public and private funding, grants, and collaborative investment initiatives. One potential avenue is the creation of a cybersecurity fund supported by both the public and private sectors, ensuring a more equitable distribution of resources.

  • Public-Private Partnerships: Collaborating with private sector partners for financial support, expertise, and technology resources.
  • Grants and Funding Initiatives: Actively seeking grants and funding opportunities to support cybersecurity projects and initiatives.
  • Resource Sharing: Pooling resources to maximize efficiency and avoid duplication of efforts.

Support: Building a Coalition of Expertise

Support within the WOS strategy goes beyond just financial contributions; it involves creating a network of expertise and assistance. This can be facilitated through mentorship programs, knowledge-sharing platforms, and training initiatives.

  • Mentorship Programs: Pairing experienced entities with those less mature to foster knowledge transfer and skill development.
  • Knowledge Sharing Platforms: Establishing centralized platforms for sharing cybersecurity insights, threat intelligence, and best practices.
  • Training Initiatives: Investing in training programs to enhance the cybersecurity capabilities of all participating entities.

How GMI Can Help: Leveraging Expertise for WOS Success

GMI’s valuable assets

Global Market Innovators (GMI) stands out as a leader in the technology industry, and its expertise is a valuable asset in the WOS strategy layer. GMI brings a wealth of knowledge in cybersecurity, technology solutions, and strategic planning. Leveraging GMI’s expertise ensures that the latest advancements and best practices in the field inform WOS initiatives.
Building upon GMI’s robust expertise, key individuals within the organization play pivotal roles in shaping the success of WOS initiatives.

Jennifer Pittman-Leeper

Whole of State Strategist

Jennifer Pittman-Leeper, known as JPL, is the whole-of-state strategist at GMI. With nearly two decades of experience in strategic thought leadership and policy development for state governments, JPL is well-positioned to assist WOS initiatives. Her role involves working directly with state, local, and education (SLED) customers to develop comprehensive cybersecurity and WOS strategies. JPL’s guidance can be instrumental in establishing governance funding strategies and ensuring operational.

Tim Roemer

Chief Security Officer

Tim Roemer, the Chief Security Officer of GMI, is a seasoned expert with a background in national security, homeland security, and public safety. His extensive experience includes managing cybersecurity for the State of Arizona and securing substantial funding for border security and cybersecurity initiatives. Roemer’s expertise can guide WOS participants in shaping effective policies, securing funding, and building a resilient cybersecurity infrastructure.

Cross-Sectoral Expertise

Drawing on experiences from diverse sectors and global landscapes, GMI enriches the WOS strategy with cross-sectoral expertise, ensuring a holistic and adaptive approach to cybersecurity.

Continuous Adaptation

The global business landscape is ever-evolving. GMI’s commitment to continuous learning and adaptation ensures that our clients stay ahead of the curve, mitigating risks and seizing emerging opportunities.


In the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity, a successful Whole-of-State strategy relies on its layers: Policy, Funding, and Support. GMI fits this journey, offering strategic guidance, a wide range of experience, enough assets, and collaborative initiatives to empower entities in their quest for cyber resilience, with a collective goal of strengthening defenses, sharing knowledge, and building a more secure future for communities, GMI plays a pivotal role in cybersecurity revolution.


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