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Cyber training coming to the statehouse

The National Cybersecurity Center plans to offer training courses later this year to legislators and their staffs in every state. The training, which will cover cyber hygiene, threats and how cybersecurity affects the work state legislatures do, are “all about raising the awareness of cybersecurity,” said Forrest Senti, the director of business and government initiatives at the Colorado Springs, Colorado, research group. “The way we’re doing that is making sure they’re understanding the basics, as well as what cybersecurity really is,” he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Public safety grant struggles

Local public safety agencies have struggled to make use of the funding made available to them in last year's $2.2 trillion CARES Act, according to a new report from law enforcement consulting firm Lexipol and Cradlepoint, a wireless network equipment company. A survey of more than 1,000 public safety officials found that 37% are not using any funding from the package. One of the snags is that grants under the CARES Act had to be used for expenses directly tied to COVID-19, like personal protective equipment and medical devices, rather than general-purpose needs like radios and network devices. Ryan Johnston has details.

Michigan names new top cybersecurity official

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget last month named Laura Clark as the state’s new chief security officer, making her the state’s top cyber official. Clark, a 20-year veteran of state government, had been acting security officer since last June following the departure of her predecessor, Chris DeRusha, who is now the federal CISO. Ben has more.

The Colorado Digital Service's first year

The Colorado Digital Service’s first year in existence did not go as originally planned. But the new small agency, a self-described “SWAT team of nerds,” would up playing a vital role in designing and managing the technology behind the state’s COVID-19 response. “Bummer is that COVID has taken away from some of the projects that we’d hoped to work on,” Kelly Taylor, the director of the seven-person shop, told StateScoop in a phone interview. Still, Taylor said the young agency was able to complete many projects related to the health crisis. Read more from Ryan.

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