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Zero trust, except for the people's

As more governments move toward zero-trust security architecture, the most important trust to aim for is that of the people whose data is being safeguarded, Washington CISO Vinod Brahmapuram said yesterday during a virtual event hosted by Scoop News Group. While overhauling security practices to make them more rigorous by segmenting networks, requiring stronger passwords and limiting user access may ruffle some organizational feathers, he said Washington’s journey toward a zero-trust framework is all in the service of the state’s 7.7 million residents. “The trust of citizens is the most important element,” he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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NASCIO names awards finalists

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers on Tuesday named the finalists for its 2021 State IT Recognition awards, an annual contest to honor the most effective technology projects created by state governments. The group named 30 finalists across 10 categories, such as cybersecurity, business process innovations and digital government. The winners will be announced at NASCIO’s annual conference in Seattle in October. Colin Wood has more.

Dallas police data loss was much larger

The massive data loss the Dallas Police Department revealed last month as a result of an employee accidentally deleting storage volumes was much larger than originally described. While officials initially said that only 14 terabytes of 22 terabytes of deleted information was able to be recovered, the Associated Press reports that an ongoing audit of the incident has revealed another 15 terabytes of missing data. Read more at the AP.

Watch for a new generation of smaller smart cities

Read any article or report on smart cities and you’ll notice the same set of big cities — Dubai, New York, Singapore — listed again and again. But increasingly, Jonathan Reichental writes in his latest column, small and midsize cities are joining the smart-city movement. Limerick, Ireland, is among those coming up in the world. Read the rest of the column.

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