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11/18/2020
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Secretaries of state respond to Chris Krebs' firing

President Donald Trump’s decision last night to fire Chris Krebs as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency brought a mix of responses from the secretaries of state with whom Krebs worked closely on election security in 2018 and 2020. Several Democratic secretaries were quick to praise Krebs for his nonpartisan approach, with Michigan's Jocelyn Benson saying "leaders on both sides of the aisle appreciate his integrity, experience, and commitment to democracy." But several Republican secretaries of state contacted by StateScoop have declined to comment. Benjamin Freed reports.


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More on the CISA upheaval

Over at CyberScoop, Sean Lyngaas has the full story on Trump's removal of Chris Krebs and other CISA leaders, which was prompted in no small part by the White House's outrage over the agency's "Rumor Control" page that swatted down baseless claims about rampant voter fraud constantly promoted by the president himself. Minutes after Trump’s tweet firing him, Krebs tweeted from his personal account: “Honored to serve. We did it right.” Read more on CyberScoop.


Kansas names new IT architect

The Kansas Office of Information Technology Services has tapped Travis Rail, the chief information officer of the state’s agriculture department, to fill the role of statewide chief information technology architect, DeAngela Burns-Wallace, the state’s chief information technology officer, said yesterday. “There’s a lot of great people doing a lot of great work in state IT, and my job will be to step back and provide a deliberate path forward for how we’re going to deliver IT services,” Rail told StateScoop. Ryan Johnston has the story.


Step up, Congress

The new head of the House Homeland Security Committee’s panel on cybersecurity said yesterday that federal lawmakers need to do more to help organizations, especially state and local governments, protect themselves against ransomware. “We have to help state and locals better protect networks,” Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., said during an online conference. “We have to consider providing resources to those who have been impacted ransomware attacks to rebuild.” Ben has more.


Review of Georgia's voting machines found no foul play

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday again pushed back against a tide of disinformation about the state’s election administration in announcing that an audit of the state’s voting machines found no evidence of foul play in the presidential election. The audit, conducted by a third-party lab, tested devices manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems, which has been targeted by baseless conspiracy theories about votes being changed. “We are glad but not surprised that the audit of the state’s voting machines was an unqualified success,” Raffensperger said. Ben has details.


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