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Michigan CIO gets the big job

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week promoted state Chief Information Officer Brom Stibitz to also serve as the director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Stibitz, a longtime state IT official, had been serving as the department's acting director since March, when he was named CIO on a full-time basis. As head of DTMB, Stibitz will run a 3,000-person agency responsible for both the state's IT governance and financial management. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Counties team up for broadband

A group of 24 county officials from across the country have formed a broadband task force with the goal of creating a “blueprint” for closing the digital divide, the National Association of Counties announced yesterday. The task force's formation follows a NACo report published last March that found that 65% of counties use internet at sub-broadband speeds. But the broadband gaps exposed coronavirus pandemic motivated the group’s creation, too. Ryan Johnston has more.

Emails threatening voters came from Iran, US says

Iran is behind a series of intimidating emails sent to registered Democratic voters in recent days, U.S. intelligence officials said last night. The emails, which appeared to be sent by the Proud Boys, a designated hate group supportive of President Donald Trump, attempted to intimidate recipients into re-electing the president. But intelligence officials said the messages were "spoofed" and part of a foreign influence campaign aimed at undermining American voters' confidence in the election. Shannon Vavra reports for CyberScoop.

State CISOs want more local collabs

In a new episode of StateScoop's Priorities podcast, the top cybersecurity officials in North Carolina and Pennsylvania make the case for expanding partnerships with local governments. “We want to make sure that we are here to support [local agencies], because we are all struggling with the same things, meaning the same issues as it comes to being under-resourced,” North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson tells host Colin Wood. Listen to the podcast.

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