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New CISO in the Green Mountain State

Vermont Chief Information Officer John Quinn said Friday that Scott Carbee, who’s been serving as the state’s chief information security officer on an interim basis since last August, will take over the post permanently. Carbee, who's worked for the state since 2015, closes a vacancy left by Nicholas Andersen, who left the CISO job after eight months for a job in the Trump administration. Vermont recently wrapped up several cybersecurity projects, including a $2.3 million upgrade to the state network's architecture and firewalls, Quinn told StateScoop. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Do cities need civic-tech "lookers"?

A panel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week delved into the struggle that city governments trying to become "smart" face as they navigate a flood of internet-connected devices marketed as civic-tech 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, which she and another panelist referred to as "lookers." Ryan Johnston has more.

San Jose needs a new innovation officer

Speaking of civic technologists, Shireen Santosham stepped down last week as the chief innovation officer for San Jose, California. In her four years in the position, Santosham was credited with leading Mayor Sam Liccardo’s Office of Technology and Innovation and helping to create the city’s $24 million Digital Inclusion Fund, a new  program to connect nearly 95,000 residents to the internet. She left the city government to join Plenty, an agricultural startup company. Colin Wood has the details.

Iran airstrike hasn't elevated network activity in D.C., officials say

At a press conference convened in the wake of rising tensions between the United States and Iran, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and several of her top officials said Thursday that while they are heeding advisories about the potential for Iran to launch cyberattacks against the city's government or critical infrastructure, they have not detected any abnormal increase in network traffic from the Islamic Republic. Iranian IP addresses account for about 120,000 pings out of the "billions" of connections D.C.'s municipal network receives daily, said Lindsey Parker, the city's chief technology officer. Ben has more.

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