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NASCIO meets the feds

NASCIO members came away from their annual federal advocacy meetings feeling that their roles are being noticed more in Washington, the group said Thursday. The association’s annual (virtual, obvs) “fly-in” meetings gave CIOs and CISOs an opportunity to push federal priorities, like cybersecurity and IT modernization grants, broadband expansion and regulatory reform, said Matt Pincus, the group’s director of government affairs. Among the officials who showed were Rep. Jim Langevin and Sen. Maggie Hassan, backers of cybersecurity legislation targeting states, and Federal CISO Chris DeRusha, whose past as Michigan's chief security officer has helped bring states and the White House closer together on IT matters, Pincus said. “Having a former state CISO as the federal CISO, you can’t understate how important that is," he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Nice to be No. 1 at something

A report this week by smart-city think tank ESI ThoughtLab found that North American cities, including 40 in the United States, have more-advanced digital services and digital infrastructure than their international counterparts. Twelve U.S. cities — including Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles and New York — are global “leaders” in deploying connected infrastructure and making digital investments, the report claimed. “The most successful cities will be digitally transformed, citizen-centric, and fully sustainable, as well as skilled in the new ways of doing business," the organization's CEO, Lou Celi, said. Ryan Johnston has more.

New York State Police begin body-worn camera program

State police in New York have started wearing body cameras that automatically start filming at the draw of a gun or stun device, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday. So far, only troopers in and around the state capital of Albany are wearing the cameras, but Cuomo said all troopers statewide will wear body cameras on duty by the end of the year. The state has a $7.6 million annual contract with Axon, a military and law-enforcement technology vendor, to supply 3,000 devices and provide cloud storage, software and technical support. Ryan's on it.

Charges filed in 2019 Kansas water hack

A federal grand jury has indicted a 22-year-old man for allegedly hacking the computer system of a rural water utility in Kansas and shutting down processes that affect procedures for cleaning and disinfecting water. Federal prosecutors allege in an indictment unsealed Wednesday that Wyatt Travnichek logged into Ellsworth County Rural Water District’s computer system in 2019 as part of an “unauthorized remote intrusion” that resulted “in the shut-down of the facility’s processes.” Sean Lyngaas has more on CyberScoop.

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