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CIOs to Congress: please send help

With the demand for digital government services not abating and state budgets dwindling, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers yesterday called upon the U.S. Senate to include IT and cybersecurity funding in the next round of pandemic relief funding. “State IT agencies, led by state CIOs, have rapidly invested in significant IT infrastructure to support the drastic increase in technological and security demands, but additional resources are clearly needed as the impact of COVID-19 is likely to last for years to come,” NASCIO President and New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet and Executive Director Doug Robinson wrote in a letter to Senate leaders. But early reports suggest that the draft Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to introduce this week will omit aid for state and local governments. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Share threat intel, not passwords

Election officials have done a “tremendous” job reporting information about potential cyberthreats during the 2020 cycle, a senior Department of Homeland Security official said yesterday. But some, particularly at the city and county level, are also still in the unfortunate habit of not changing default passwords on new equipment or even sharing credentials, Matt Masterson, a senior adviser at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the National Association of Secretaries of State online conference. Still, Masterson praised the secretaries for embracing network security and sharing information through venues like the EI-ISAC. “We’re much more likely to feel a tremor in the Force now compared to 2016," he said. Ben has more.


Using commercial technology for faster AI adoption in the DOD

Defense Innovation Unit director, Mike Madsen shares how artificial intelligence and machine learning technology is an area that will see the greatest rate of change in both the commercial and government sectors. Department of Defense agencies stand to benefit from prototype projects with commercial partners to quickly adopt modern tools. Hear more on building a future-ready government.

‘Build a coalition’ for election security, says New Jersey’s CISO

A single vote can change the outcome of a local election, making the job of security officials a complex one that requires coordination across the various levels of government and the private sector, New Jersey Chief Information Security Officer Michael Geraghty told Scoop News Group during a recent virtual conference. “When we talk about local elections, even the minutest threat vector, one vote being flipped because of voter fraud or some other issue, we also have an issue,” Geraghty, who’s also the director of the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, told CyberScoop’s Greg Otto. Watch the full interview.


How CIOs can elevate the case for a digital government strategy

CIOs often need balance responding to the immediate priorities of the current administration against the longer-term needs of the public — while also meeting the internal demands of the organizations. As the champions for a digital government, they are most effective when officials understand why technology is more than a back-office function. That means making the business case for a strategy that can be sustained across multiple budget cycles and political administrations. Read more from Dell’s Christopher Montgomery.

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