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Iowa's Annette Dunn stepping down

Greetings from Seattle and NASCIO's first IRL conference in two years. Iowa CIO Annette Dunn said Friday she's stepping down from the job she's held since 2019 for a private-sector consulting role. “I decided that, you know, I’m at probably the last decade of my career, maybe I should do something completely different,” Dunn said. Colin Wood reports.

A Message From AWS Educate

With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

K-12 hacks to get bigger look from CISA

President Biden last Friday signed legislation that directs CISA to spend several months researching the risks and vulnerabilities of K-12 school districts as the education sector continues to face an onslaught of ransomware attacks. The K-12 Cybersecurity Act also requires the agency to develop broader guidelines for how schools can better protect themselves and their students. “This is the first concrete action, as modest as it is, that the federal government is trying to address it,” said Doug Levin of the K12 Cybersecurity Exchange. Benjamin Freed has details.

So much for the "blockchain city"

Blockchains LLC, the company behind the push to create corporate-owned communities in Nevada’s sparsely inhabited northern deserts has backed off of its campaign, citing a lack of support from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. While Sisolak had once cheered on the initiative, a committee he created in April to study the idea would've pushed development deep into 2022 at the earliest. That prompted Blockchains founder — and Sisolak donor — Jeffery Berns to complain the project had "no champion" in state government and eventually pull away from the project. Ryan Johnston has more.


The four pillars of the digital transformation journey

The most successful IT investment strategies for state and local agencies focus on four foundational components of application enablement: connectivity, visibility, automation and security, says Verizon Managing Director for Solutions Architecture Anthony Battista. Given the today’s urgent IT demands, however, agencies should also consider strategic out tasking to fast-track development and deployment. Read more from Anthony Battista.

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