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IT consolidation for the people

Technology officials may pitch consolidation and modernization projects as efforts designed to improve the business of government, but in a recent video interview, Delaware Chief Information Officer James Collins said that — at least in his state — those processes were initiated not to benefit the state government itself, but its constituents. “When citizens think about us, they think about us as one entity: the government, not all of these branches and divisions and sections. So we’re endeavoring to deliver services in that way," Collins said. (And yes, <a href="https://preprod.statescoop.com/how-star-trek-explains-the-modern-state-cios-cybersecurity-role/">he talked about "Star Trek"</a> again.) Colin Wood has more.

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States aren't thrilled with election security framework.

Collaboration on cybersecurity between federal and state and local election officials has grown by leaps and bounds since 2016, when Russian hackers probed IT systems in states across the country, and election officials weren’t notified about that activity for many months. A new cyberthreat-sharing center for election infrastructure has fostered closer relationships between state and local officials and federal agencies like the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. But a transcript of a Nov. 8 conference call obtained by CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas revealed that those relationships are very much still works in progress as state officials, like West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, find themselves frustrated by bureaucratic obstacles to getting actionable threat information. "“I’m tired of hearing of stuff through the New York Times, the Mueller report, the Senate Intelligence report,” Warner said. Read more on CyberScoop.

Georgia pilots new user-centric website

Ryan Johnston reports.

266 attacks — and counting — mapped

In the most recent episode of our podcast, Priorities, NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson called 2019 "the year of ransomware," with state and local governments scrambling to protect themselves against a cyberthreat that shows no sign of leaving the public sector alone any time soon. And a quick glimpse of StateScoop's Ransomware Attacks Map shows as much, with 266 publicly acknowledged incidents affecting states, cities, counties and school districts since 2013, including 114 since the start of this year. Check out the map.

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