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01/16/2020
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NASCIO and NGA bang the cooperation drum on cyber

A new report published jointly this week by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and National Governors Association urges state governments to embrace partnerships with their localities to beef up the cybersecurity postures of all parties. The document comes after a year in which many state IT organizations were called upon by counties and cities for assistance following incidents like ransomware attacks.  "We always say cyber is a team sport," said Meredith Ward, NASCIO's policy and research director, and one of the report's authors. "A message that we’re trying to get through to these folks is that silos of excellence don’t really work. It’s an issue that touches everything in the states." Benjamin Freed has more.


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A farewell to mainframes

Mainframe computers, a technology that harkens back to an era of moon landings and men in trilby hats, are still widely used throughout government, but not in Montana for much longer. In an interview with StateScoop, Chief Information Officer Tim Bottenfield said that there are just three major applications still running on the state's mainframe, but they are all in the process of migrating to Montana's private cloud environment by 2021, when the mainframe will be retired for good, and perhaps donated to the state historical society. Colin Wood reports.


Facial-recognition bans spread in Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the fourth city in that state to outlaw government use of facial recognition on Monday, marking a trend of cities prohibiting the technology in the absence of federal regulation. Cambridge's move came two days before the U.S. House of Representatives' latest hearing on how the controversial technology should be used. On the state level, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would place a moratorium on government use of the technology, which would make it the fourth state to impose such regulations behind California, New Hampshire and Oregon. Ryan Johnston has details.


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