State IT Innovation of the Year

Over the past two years, MILogin, Michigan’s single sign-on program, has exploded in popularity as more state services have gone primarily digital. It now claims more than 8.6 million unique users, as Michiganders use single credentials to access unemployment insurance, Medicaid claims, driver’s license services and business filings with the secretary of state’s office, says Rex Menold, who oversees MILogin as the state’s director of enterprise information, content and identity management. He also says it’s made those services more secure: “It’s a thousand times easier to secure one access point than 100 access points,” he says. “That’s why it matters. You need to have a single point of entry. We’re the front door, that first line of defense.”

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed was the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He wrote extensively about ransomware, election security and the federal government’s role in assisting states and cities with information security.

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