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01/28/2020
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Tough audit for Louisiana's IT agency

A recent report from Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera called for major changes to how the state’s technology agency interacts with the other government departments it serves. The Jan. 22 report found multiple concerns about how the state Office of Technology Services works with other agencies, including accusations of poor communications, slow resolution of help-desk tickets and a lack of accountability and transparency. But CIO Dickie Howze told StateScoop the audit reflects the growing pains of an office that was only formed five years ago, and that it's made strides over that time. Colin Wood has more.


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USC's 50-state project

The University of Southern California announced Monday that it is launching a 50-state series of election cybersecurity conferences, aimed at helping election officials, campaign workers and elected officials brush up on their online habits by Election Day. The goal, said Justin Griffin, the managing director of the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative, is to promote the best cybersecurity practices to several different audiences involved in the democratic process. The first event takes place today in Columbia, Maryland, including speakers from the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency. Benjamin Freed reports.


Cybersecurity isn't infrastructure? 'Like hell it isn't' warned New Orleans mayor

A Dec. 13 ransomware attack against New Orleans has already cost the city $7.2 million in recovery costs, and has "crippled the government," Mayor LaToya Cantrell told StateScoop last week. Yet, the incident also vindicated Cantrell had given last June to the New Orleans City Council, when members doubted that cybersecurity counted as part of the city's critical infrastructure. "Like hell it isn't," Cantrell recalled saying. Ben has details.


Government official describes the cost benefits of consolidating email on cloud

When the DOJ consolidated a number of its email systems, it was able to strengthen security and resiliency for the agency as well as streamline internal communications. Joseph Klimavicz shares how agencies can benefit from cloud modernization by using services to increased collaboration that give employees access to the same tools. Listen to more.


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