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Hey, it's another cyber bill

The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation aimed at making it easier for state and local governments to share information and receive intelligence from federal cybersecurity officials, including the NCCIC, the Department of Homeland Security’s 24/7 monitoring unit. The plainly titled State and Local Cybersecurity Act largely aims to further formalize federal cyber officials’ relationships with state CIOs and other leaders, like election officials, to “coordinate a nationwide effort to ensure effective implementation of tools, products, resources, policies, guidelines, controls, and procedures related to information security.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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Phoenix's flex

The COVID-19 pandemic provided an opportunity for Phoenix to flex years worth of data-driven financial and procurement policy, city officials told StateScoop. The city largely relied on data analysis to get through the first 18 months of the health crisis with a budget surplus and a permanent stash of personal protective equipment in the event of future natural disasters, said Jeff Barton, an assistant city manager. “We’re probably the only city of our size and scale that didn’t have to cut staff, cut people cut services to our residents through COVID-19. And that was a lot of because of the way we were analyzing data as it pertains to our revenue," Barton said. Ryan Johnston has more.

Why the White House didn't ban ransomware payments

The Biden administration backed away from the idea of banning ransomware payments after meetings with the private sector and cybersecurity experts, CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports. Speaking during an Aspen Security Forum event, Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging tech, said the White House was told that a ban could make it even harder to catch ransomware actors. “We heard loud and clear from many that the state of resilience is inadequate, and as such, if we banned ransom payments we would essentially drive even more of that activity underground and lose insight into it that will enable us to disrupt it,” she said. Read more on CyberScoop.


Strategic approaches to achieve zero trust with security investments

The increased pace and boldness of cyberattacks has government leaders prioritizing zero-trust security investments to mitigate legacy infrastructure risk. According to former White House security adviser Dan Prieto, cloud security solutions are able to deliver key capabilities needed to build a zero trust architecture, including network security, endpoint and application security, malware protection, identity protection and more. Hear more from Prieto.

Next-step strategies to modernize state agency IT

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