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New Arkansas CISO is state IT lifer

Arkansas officials on Thursday announced that Nolan Leatherwood, who’s served as the state’s chief information security officer on an interim basis since 2018, will take the role on permanently. In a phone interview, Leatherwood told StateScoop he’s excited to drop the “interim” from his title and get to work. “Knowing I’m going to be doing this for years to come is going to allow me to pursue everything,” he said. He said he plans to focus in particular on building out the state government’s incident-response capabilities and continuing to develop a multi-agency “strike team” that helps government entities recover from cyberattacks. Leatherwood's also a state IT lifer: he joined the Arkansas Division of Information Services as an intern in 2001 and has spent his entire career with the agency. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Indiana picks a new chief data officer

Indiana promoted its interim chief data officer, Josh Martin on Wednesday to permanent status, filling a gap that had been left in the state’s Performance Management Hub since December 2019. With the new appointment, Martin will formally take over the agency’s initiatives regarding COVID-19, the opioid epidemic and other data-sharing initiatives with local governments and universities throughout the state. Martin's task will be “leverage data to address complex problems and improve the lives of Hoosiers," Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a press release.   Ryan Johnston reports.

Government needs to be more digital in a crisis

The coronavirus pandemic made apparent the need for government to expand its digital footprint to serve citizens in a more streamlined, modern fashion, Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat said last week. Speaking during the IBM ThinkGov online conference, Roat pointed to necessary opportunities to improve identity and access management in delivering digital services, and the increased use of internal collaboration tools. It's a message that's resonated at the state level during the pandemic, too, with many state governments embracing automation, accelerating access management projects and launching chatbots for the public. Billy Mitchell has more on FedScoop

Click2Gov breaches in eight cities attributed to Magecart hackers

A new wave of data breaches in eight U.S. city governments is the work of online scammers using Magecart-style attacks to steal residents' personally identifying information from the troubled online payments platform Click2Gov, according to recent research from cybersecurity firm TrendMicro. Magecart attacks, in which lines of JavaScript code are injected into e-commerce platforms to rip off customers' PII, have been active since April 10, TrendMicro said. While there are no obvious connections to the dozens of previous Click2Gov breaches around the country, at least five of the eight cities hit by these recent attacks have had issues with the payment service before. Ben has more.

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