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'Hygiene is core to everything,' San Jose CIO says

Just as ransomware attacks have become more sophisticated, the ways government IT organizations defend and respond to them has had to mature as well, Rob Lloyd, the chief information officer of San Jose, California, said Monday. Speaking on a panel at San Francisco CyberTalks, a CyberScoop event, Lloyd said his city has in recent years upped its emphasis on cyber hygiene and also revised its procurement processes to put its technology vendors to the test. Among the steps San Jose has taken is requiring technology vendors to submit their products to external audits before the city purchases them, Lloyd said. But he's also noticed an internal culture shift toward better employee behavior, with agency leaders engaging more with IT managers. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Fifth in the AFC, first in smart cities?

Making his annual "state of the city address last week," Buffalo, New York, Mayor Byron W. Brown laid out a plan to make his city the nation’s leading “smart city" with a plethora of public-private partnerships and a new municipal data and analytics center. Brown told StateScoop that he expects the municipal analytics project to be the first of its kind in the country, helping the city to organize and better use data that it collects from 311 systems, public safety agencies and emergency response agencies. “We will be looking at how we better use our data, how we coordinate it better, how we un-silo our data and how we utilize it in a more predictive way,” Brown said. The mayor's plan also includes a familiar retinue of smart-city projects, including new street lights outfitted with LED bulbs and environmental sensors, workforce development programs and an AT&T-backed civic-tech competition.   Ryan Johnston has the details.

Connecticut wants to join the future

Many state leaders say they want to create a government that uses technology to become more efficient and convenient for its residents, but in Connecticut, there are regulations impeding such development. Legislation introduced earlier this month by Gov. Ned Lamont would eliminate some of those restrictions and make way, he said, for a state government that is leaner and provides more of its services online. “Citizens expect state government services to be as easy to access and convenient as online shopping or banking, but unfortunately there are laws on our books that include certain requirements blocking the adoption of moving these services online,” Lamont, who campaigned on making Connecticut an “all-digital government,” said in a press release last week. Among the changes Lamont's bill would introduce would be a requirement that all state agencies accept online payments, instead of just cash and checks, and getting rid of rules that limit certain government communications to being transmitted only via U.S. Mail or fax machines. Colin Wood has more.

NASCIO names New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet as new president

As expected, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers made official the announcement that New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet will take over as the organization's president, after its current leader, North Carolina's Eric Boyette, moves into his new job as state transportation secretary. Goulet had been named NASCIO's vice president last October, the same time Boyette became the group's president. “I want to thank my colleague, Eric Boyette, for his service to NASCIO and his leadership as NASCIO president,” Goulet said in a NASCIO press release. “I will do my best to serve the association at the same level of dedication." Colin has the story.

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