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StateScoop 50 winners speak

In a series of interviews, winners of this year's StateScoop 50 Awards for State Leadership of the Year look back at their work over the past year, most of which was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The recipients, who include statewide and agency CIOs and CTOs, application developers and GIS officials, share their lessons learned during the health crisis, their biggest challenges during the pandemic and the technologies and practices they believe to be underappreciated in government. Read the interviews.

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State and local government agencies that belong to the MS-ISAC can now get insights from other industries, including the financial, health and utility sectors, through a new partnership between the MS-ISAC and the consulting firm Deloitte, which is offering members free access to its Cyber Detect and Respond Portal, a website that collects information about cyber threats affecting the company’s clients across many practice areas. “ISACs are all well and good, but the adversaries exploit across industries,” said Doug Powers, a managing director in Deloitte’s cyber risk practice. “Where the nexus of that comes together is state and local governments. They are working with hospitals, transportation, finances." Benjamin Freed has more.

ICYMI: Longest-serving state CIO to step down

Georgia CIO Calvin Rhodes said last week he plans to leave the state government at the end of the month. Rhodes, who was appointed in 2011, is the longest-tenured state CIO in the country, and has overseen several big initiatives, including an IT modernization agenda, a digital services program and the construction of the $110 million Georgia Cyber Center in August. Colin Wood had the story.


Enhancing the security posture for state and local government

With ransomware attacks on the rise, state and local leaders need to look at modern identity and access management tools to mitigate identity-based security risks. According to a recent Okta report, agencies will likely continue to be targeted until they improve their ability to block attacks with stronger IAM strategies. Read more in the report.

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