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Jake Williams

Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives

Jake Williams is an award-winning publisher and journalist based in Austin, Texas.

Currently, Williams is the Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives for StateScoop, where he focuses on technology initiatives and policies in state and local governments. Williams and his team at StateScoop are recipients of the 2018 Online Publication of the Year award from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

As StateScoop’s associate publisher, Williams and his team have helped grow annual traffic and revenue by more than 100 percent, year over year. During his time as a reporter, Williams covered the federal government, including the White House, Congress and several cabinet-level departments. He also focused on the emerging technology beat and tracked the integration issues surrounding unmanned aircraft systems.

Williams graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a major in journalism and a minor in political science. During most of his undergraduate career, he served as president of the IUP Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition, Williams was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper and production director of the campus radio station, WIUP-FM.

In addition to StateScoop and other Scoop News Group properties, Williams has been published in The Huffington Post, Campaigns & Elections magazine, PoliticsPA.com and several local and regional newspapers in Pennsylvania.

Williams is a culinary enthusiast, home cook, television fan, coffee fanatic and proud northeast Pennsylvania native.

Higher Education

$120K for dorm Wi-Fi upgrades? College CIO does it himself instead

by Jake Williams • 2 weeks ago

After a case of sticker shock, Illinois College's assistant CIO rolled up his sleeves and recruited a student worker to fix a weak wireless signal.

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Educause cyber director looks to grow higher ed CISO community

by Jake Williams • 3 weeks ago

Months into his role as Educause's cyber director, Brian Kelly is leaning on his experience as a CISO to build a community for his peers.

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Higher ed cyber assessment tool approaches evangelism phase

by Jake Williams • 4 weeks ago

Cyber leaders across higher ed hope to expand a vendor assessment project called HECVAT to reach more universities and vendors.

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Cyber automation enables UNC school to focus on bigger threats

by Jake Williams • 4 weeks ago

New tools from Cisco are allowing a three-person team to do "encrypted threat analytics and more," said chief information security officer Don Bryant.

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Amid enrollment decline, Pa. public university system turns to tech

by Jake Williams • 2 months ago

The system is requesting $100 million for IT transformation efforts and shared services it hopes will offset a 20 percent decline in enrollment.

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Higher ed CIOs look for more inclusive hiring, workforce

by Jake Williams • 2 months ago

A focus on diversity, equity and inclusion can improve higher ed IT operations, CIOs said at Educause Annual Conference 2019.

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