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'The engagement was great'

Federal officials said that the virtual "situational awareness room" where state and local election officials shared information yesterday was a success. “The engagement was great,” said a senior CISA official, who noted that the room had about 500 participants over the course of the day. "There's no bar to what we share." But cyber activity turned out to be <a href="https://preprod.cyberscoop.com/election-night-cybersecurity-cisa-results/">relatively quiet</a>, with another DHS official describing Election Day "another Tuesday on the internet." Benjamin Freed reports.

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Mississippi names new CIO

David Johnson, a longtime employee of Mississippi’s Department of Information Technology Services, became the statewide chief information officer over the weekend. Johnson, who’d been serving as the department’s internal services director, succeeds Craig Orgeron, who retired in July. In an email to StateScoop, Johnson said his goals as CIO include moving legacy systems to cloud-based platforms and minimizing risks using the state’s enterprise cybersecurity program. Colin Wood has the story.

Election Day robocall prompts FBI investigation

Disinformation efforts, though, did not go away yesterday, with a robocall telling voters to "stay safe and stay home" going out to as many as 10 million times. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reported the call was heard many times in and around the city of Flint. “Robocalls of this nature happen in every election,” a CISA official said, but did prompt an FBI investigation. Tim Starks has more on CyberScoop.


Looking beyond COVID-19 to build a digital government

State and local government agencies using cloud tools to improve mission delivery during the pandemic need to extend those strategies beyond the pandemic, says Okta’s Kelsey Nelson in a new podcast. She discusses why IT leaders should use the momentum gained with cross-collaboration among agencies and private entities to vastly improve how citizens interact with government. Hear more from Nelson.

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