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U.S. House bill offers $400M for state and local cybersecurity

A bill being introduced this week in the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee would create a new grant program awarding $400 million annually to states to improve the cybersecurity of their networks as well as those of their local governments. The State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act is designed to provide a steady source of federal cybersecurity funding to states, which could then be redistributed at the local level, as public-sector entities face a growing array of cyberthreats that could disrupt critical infrastructure including utilities, transportation and elections. The bill, which is a potential counterpart to one that <a href="https://preprod.statescoop.com/senate-passes-nascio-backed-cybersecurity-aid-bill/">passed the Senate unanimously</a> last November, has the support of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, though one state CIO said last week there are questions over which federal agency would distribute the grants if they become law. Benjamin Freed reports.

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San Francisco names new chief data officer

San Francisco announced a new chief data officer, Jason Lally, on Monday after leaving the position vacant for a year-and-a-half. Lally, who has worked in city government since 2013, told StateScoop that he wants to improve San Francisco's efforts to contextualize data so that city analysts and interested community members can easily understand what they're looking at. Lally's predecessor, Joy Bonaguro, was recently hired by the administration of California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Ryan Johnston reports.

Meet Delaware's new 'partner services' chief

The Delaware Department of Technology and Information announced last month that longtime state administrator Justin Day had been promoted to serve as its chief of partner services. Day, who’s been with the state two decades and spent the past four years as its director of data center and IT operations, is taking a role newly created as Delaware attempts to enter a new phase of IT maturity. In this new role, he'll lead a team focused on partner engagement, end-user services and statewide IT support. Colin Wood has more.


Ransomware defense starts with smarter data backup and recovery plans

State IT leaders can reduce the cost and disruption of ransomware threats by proactively safeguarding data before it’s attacked, according to security experts. And by modernizing backup and recovery with cloud-based platforms, agencies could capture insights from data to develop comprehensive data backup and recovery strategies. Read the report.

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