Maria Thompson State Chief Risk Officer The state’s first chief risk officer, Maria Thompson joined the N.C. Department of Information Technology in January 2015 as part of the state’s efforts to bring information risk management capabilities in line with industry standards. In her role, Thompson is responsible for developing an integrated statewide framework to manage information risk, including operations, security and data protection. She served 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where she retired as cybersecurity chief. Her previous roles include serving as the Iraq Theater of Operations Certification Authority. Thompson also served as a senior security engineer for SecureInfo and senior security architect and program manager for Imperatis Corp. in Virginia. Thompson holds a Master of Science in information technology from the University of Maryland, University College - Adelphi.