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Alabama CISO departs after two years

Ryan Allen stepped down last Friday as Alabama's chief information security officer after two years in government during which he helped set up the state's first security operations center, establish relationships with the National Guard to protect election systems and help rural communities with basic cybersecurity awareness. In leaving state government, Allen's returning to his roots in health IT with a job as a vice president for cybersecurity with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, one of the biggest public health providers in the country (and a much easier commute, he told StateScoop). In an interview Monday, Allen looked back at his accomplishments as state CISO and the differences between protecting government tech assets with those in the medical field. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Tech up, garbage down?

Philadelphia's first iteration of its "Pitch & Pilot" program will focus on using technology to reduce litter and landfill waste. Led by the city's Office of Innovation and Technology and Streets Department, the program will accept applications from the private sector until Jan. 16 and award a contract worth up $34,000 to the winner next February. The resulting contract could be the first step toward Philadelphia's goal of producing zero waste by 2035. Ryan Johnston has the details.

Advancing multi-vendor IT model tops priorities, Virginia CIO says

The state is moving its data center and hiring new technical staff, but maturing a new IT sourcing model takes priority, Virginia Chief Information Officer Nelson Moe said in a recent video interview. Colin Wood has more.

Senate bill would order DHS to review K-12 cybersecurity

New legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to review cybersecurity risks facing K-12 school systems and implement guidelines to defend against threats like ransomware. One of the bill's cosponsors is Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who also co-authored a unanimously passed bill that would funnel more DHS cybersecurity aid to state and local governments. Ben outlines the legislation for EdScoop.


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