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Montana's Tim Bottenfield to retire

Montana CIO Tim Bottenfield told StateScoop yesterday he plans to retire before the end of the year. Bottenfield, who had been the CIO of Montana's finance department, was appointed to the statewide post in 2018 by Gov. Steve Bullock. The Democratic Bullock will be succeeded by Republican Greg Gianforte, but Bottenfield said his retirement was already timed for the term-limited Bullock leaving office. In an interview, Bottenfield said he focused most on customer service and business relationships. "Listening is our most important superpower," he said.   Colin Wood reports.

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Ding-dong, you're on camera

Police in Jackson, Mississippi, will soon be able to stream footage in real time from Ring security cameras placed on private residences, in an effort to reduce crime by allowing police to “follow and trace” suspected criminals throughout the city, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said. But the 45-day pilot project is also raising privacy advocates' "worst fears" of neighbors spying on neighbors. Ryan Johnston has more.

State cyber bosses re-think security during pandemic

In a video interview during CyberWeek last month, New Jersey CISO Michael Geraghty discussed the new risks brought on by distributed users and distributed services for state and local government agencies as the COVID-19 crisis drags on. Among those risks, he said, supply chain management should be top of mind. Agencies should be practicing due diligence to know how vendors are securing their systems to make sure they can manage unknown risk, Geraghty said. Watch the interview.

'No bar' to threat intel shared on Election Day

DHS officials praised the engagement they got from state and local election officials on Tuesday, when the department ran a virtual "situational awareness room" to share information about risks to the voting process. “The engagement was great,” a senior CISA official said. CISA Director Chris Krebs also released a statement Wednesday praising the state and local officials' for their "focused efforts on enhancing the security and resilience of elections." Benjamin Freed has details.

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