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Washington state takes another shot at a privacy act

As Washington state’s legislative session opened Monday, lawmakers resumed their talks about creating a comprehensive consumer-privacy law for their residents on par with a landmark measure that just went into effect in California. Though Washington’s previous run at such law fizzled in the state House of Representatives last spring after passing the Senate 46-1, the effort has a new ally this year in Katy Ruckle, the state’s newly appointed chief privacy officer. "I think Washington residents have a right to expect that entities handle their personal information securely and responsibly," said Ruckle, who told StateScoop she plans to spend the next 60 days helping lawmakers pass the Washington Privacy Act. Colin Wood reports.

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Report Cyberthreats got more sophisticated last year

Cybersecurity threats to IT organizations, especially state and local governments, got more sophisticated in 2019, pressing tech officials to get more aggressive in how they defend their networks and conduct incident response after the attack, according to a report published Tuesday by the information security firm CrowdStrike. The company found that the five most common malware infections it helped its clients with last year — including the Ryuk ransomware virus — came from criminal groups, some of which appear to be collaborating with each other. Thomas Etheridge, CrowdStrike’s vice president of services, told StateScoop that IT leaders need to be more mindful of their third-party vendors and their employees cyber hygiene. Benjamin Freed has more.

Cities need specialists to keep pace with emerging tech, experts say

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, a group of speakers said that local governments building "smart city" programs can easily get lost in the flood of internet-connected devices marketed as the solutions to all their problems Jen Harder, the senior product director for FirstNet, the federal government’s public-safety mobile network, suggested cities hire people specifically to oversee pilot projects of new technologies. Some may call those people innovation officers; the panel referred to them as "lookers." Ryan Johnston has details.


Planning guide offers agencies detailed strategies for transformational moves to the cloud

As agencies look to adopt the most appropriate cloud services, they would benefit from creating a tactical plan that pairs business capabilities with an appropriate cloud-service model. According to a digital transformation guidebook, tactical planning can be broken into a five-step process to better help leaders walk through the cloud modernization process safely and effectively. Read Salesforce’s Digital Transformation Journey Guidebook.

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