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12/17/2021
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'It's certainly been a challenge'

New York CISO Karen Sorady told StateScoop yesterday that while the past few years have been trying, she’s stepping down at a time when state government has responded successfully to a series of trials. “It’s certainly been a challenge over the past few years,” said Sorady. But Sorady, who's retiring after 32 years in Albany, said the state's made great strides in improving its cybersecurity culture. “The whole impetus is for us to help them do their business," she said. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Coins for storage

New York City is working with two organizations to store some of its open data on a storage network that’s incentivized with cryptocurrency. The city will use the Filecoin network, an open-source, peer-to-peer decentralized network that awards digital coins to people who make available their excess storage capacity. The five-year experiment is designed to help officials determine if decentralized networks can improve government operations. Ryan Johnston has the story.


Northam's last cyber budget

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam yesterday proposed a two-year budget that includes a $60 million increase in the commonwealth’s cybersecurity funding. The budget proposal landed a few days after the state legislature reported it was the victim of an "extremely sophisticated" ransomware attack. Northam leaves office Jan. 15, and his successor, Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, called the sum "wholly inadequate." Ben has more.


What a year

As 2021 winds down, take a look back at StateScoop's and EdScoop's coverage of IT and cybersecurity through the second year of the pandemic. There was no bright line separating 2020 and 2021, and many of the same trends should continue into 2022, but gradually, public-sector leaders have shown they’re becoming acclimated to new environments. Go to the special report.


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