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Industry, Workforce

Maryland lawmakers debate biometrics crackdown

February 2, 2022

Via: StateScoop

Legislators in Maryland on Wednesday heard testimony from supporters and detractors of a bill that would set stringent privacy requirements on companies that collect biometric signifiers, including fingerprints, voiceprints, facial scans and retinal images from their customers. House Bill 259, […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, Tech

North Dakota CIO says blockchain can be ‘immense’ for state government

January 4, 2022

Via: StateScoop

North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley told StateScoop Monday that states should focus on tangible, public-facing projects to demonstrate the utility of technologies like blockchain, smart contracts and non-fungible tokens in government. Riley, who has led North Dakota’s technology […]


IT Policy, Tech

North Carolina hires first chief privacy officer

December 13, 2021

Via: StateScoop

North Carolina Chief Information Officer Jim Weaver announced Monday the hiring of Cherie Givens, an attorney and former federal contractor, as the state’s first chief privacy officer. In the role, Givens will be responsible for managing data-privacy risks and ensuring […]


IT Policy, Tech

North Dakota IT audit to include review of election tech

September 17, 2021

Via: StateScoop

The North Dakota State Auditor’s office this week launched an extensive review of many of the state’s IT assets, including the machines and electronic systems it uses to conduct elections. The process, State Auditor Joshua Gallion said in a press […]


Cybersecurity

UC Berkeley group to study future of mobile voting

September 8, 2021

Via: StateScoop

With the acknowledgment that mobile voting is gradually becoming more common across U.S. elections, a think tank at the University of California, Berkeley announced Wednesday it’s assembling a group of cybersecurity experts and former election officials to study the controversial […]


Policy, State & Local

State and local groups press Congress to pass cyber grants

July 7, 2021

Via: StateScoop

Citing the ongoing threat of ransomware attacks, a group of nine associations of state and local government officials sent a letter Wednesday to congressional leaders asking them to include a new cybersecurity grant program in either an infrastructure spending package […]


IT Policy, Tech

Illinois attorney general acknowledges ransomware attack

May 3, 2021

Via: StateScoop

The office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul admitted last week that it was the victim of a ransomware attack that included the theft and publication of agency files. The announcement arrived about three weeks after a data breach was […]


Cybersecurity

Citing national security threat, task force urges broad action on ransomware

April 29, 2021

Via: StateScoop

A task force made up of more than 60 experts spanning government, industry, education and the health and nonprofit sectors released a report Thursday that makes sweeping recommendations to the public and private sectors on combatting ransomware, which it calls […]


Policy, State & Local

As Congress prepares to take up D.C. statehood, national support grows

March 22, 2021

Via: Washington's Top News

As the House prepares to take up the issue this week of statehood for the District of Columbia, a new national poll finds that 54% of likely voters think D.C. should be a state, a record high level of support. […]


Policy, State & Local

Illinois CIO Ron Guerrier exits state government

September 8, 2020

Via: StateScoop

Illinois Chief Information Officer Ron Guerrier stepped down Friday after 18 months with the state government, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. In a string of tweets, Pritzker, who appointed Guerrier as his CIO and secretary of the Illinois Department of Innovation […]


Cybersecurity, Policy, State & Local

Colorado official details plans for penetration testing of election systems

July 28, 2020

Via: StateScoop

The Colorado secretary of state’s office said Tuesday it is partnering with the security firm Synack to conduct penetration tests of its election systems ahead of the presidential vote. In an interview with StateScoop, Trevor Timmons, the chief information officer […]


Policy, State & Local

Facial recognition bill falls flat in California legislature

June 4, 2020

Via: StateScoop

A controversial California bill aimed at allowing businesses and government agencies to use facial recognition on customers stalled in the state legislature Wednesday, relieving privacy activists who argued the bill’s passage would’ve given too much leeway on how the controversial […]


Policy, State & Local

Minnesota IT officials respond to weekend DDoS attacks against state systems

June 1, 2020

Via: StateScoop

Minnesota technology officials said Sunday that the state’s networks were inundated over the weekend by malicious attempts to knock government agencies offline, though those efforts were successfully repelled. In a statement Sunday, Tarek Tomes, Minnesota’s chief information officer and the […]


Policy, State & Local

Arizona promotes interim CIO J.R. Sloan to permanent role

March 9, 2020

Via: StateScoop

Arizona officials said Friday that J.R. Sloan, who was named the state’s interim chief information officer last August, will lead the state’s IT efforts on a permanent basis. Sloan had stepped into the CIO job following the resignation of Morgan […]


Policy, State & Local

Wyoming lawmakers advance digital driver’s license bill

March 4, 2020

Via: StateScoop

A bill that would enable Wyoming residents to display their IDs on their phones or tablets as a supplemental option to physical IDs passed the state Senate on Monday. The legislation, which will be reconciled with a House version approved […]


Policy, State & Local

Connecticut governor says new bill would enable more digital services

February 25, 2020

Via: StateScoop

Many state leaders say they want to create a government that uses technology to become more efficient and convenient for its residents, but in Connecticut, there are regulations impeding such development. Legislation introduced earlier this month by Gov. Ned Lamont […]


Policy, State & Local

Arkansas recruits new chief data officer from University of Arkansas

February 20, 2020

Via: StateScoop

The Arkansas Department of Transformation and Shared Services announced Thursday it’s recruited Joshua McGee, a research assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and public policy researcher, as the state’s newest chief data officer. McGee, who will serve in the […]


Cybersecurity

Texas government website defaced with pro-Iran message

January 7, 2020

Via: StateScoop

The website of the Texas Department of Agriculture was briefly defaced Tuesday morning and replaced with an image of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general who was killed last week in a U.S. airstrike. A group of hackers referring to themselves […]


Cybersecurity

States need better data recovery to forestall ransomware threats

December 9, 2019

Via: StateScoop

State agencies’ data is increasingly at risk to ransomware attack, in part due to poor backup and recovery practices, according to findings from a new survey. Among state IT and agency leaders polled, 69% said it would take their agency […]


Uncategorized

FCC’s 5G fund called ‘slap in the face’ to areas struggling to get 4G

December 6, 2019

Via: StateScoop

The $9 billion plan the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday to expand 5G coverage into rural areas was criticized Thursday by lawmakers and state officials who say there’s little economic or technical rationale for building 5G infrastructure in rural areas […]