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California's cyber road

California CIO Amy Tong and CISO Vitaliy Panych said yesterday that a new, five-year cybersecurity “road map” will put the state government on track to a more consistent approach to securing its IT assets and critical infrastructure, including aligning cybersecurity more closely with homeland security. In an interview with StateScoop, Tong called the “Cal-Secure” plan "fundamental effort" to overhaul how state agencies develop cyber strategies, implement tools and processes and recruit talent. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Michigan security chief gets second job

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday that Laura Clark, the state’s chief security officer, will take on the added role of CIO, settling a vacancy created earlier this month by the resignation of Brom Stibitz. Clark's been in charge of Michigan's cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection programs since February. Meanwhile, Whitmer named longtime state official Michelle Lange to serve as acting director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the IT and security offices' parent agency. Ben has more.

CISA gets its new elections lead

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is stepping down and will join CISA as its senior election security lead, Director Jen Easterly said yesterday. Wyman, a Republican who challenged her party's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential race, has been praised for taking an independent, bipartisan approach to election administration and security, and is considered one of the experts on mail-in voting. CyberScoop's Tim Starks 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 today’s urgent IT demands, however, agencies should also consider strategic out-tasking to fast-track development and deployment. Read more from Anthony Battista.

More evidence the pandemic boosted AI

State governments adopted new technologies backed by artificial intelligence at a heightened rate during the pandemic, but in survey results published yesterday by NASCIO, state technology leaders said workforce and strategic deficits could impede further adoption of AI. “The COVID-19 pandemic presented the right business case for many state CIOs to adopt AI and it has been beneficial to the expedited delivery of services to citizens,” NASCIO President and Maryland IT Secretary Michael Leahy said in a press release. Colin Wood has the story.


WATCH: SBA’s CTO on how the agency is pioneering data usage for AI and cybersecurity

Sanjay Gupta discusses the Small Business Administration’s short- and long-term goals as the agency continues to accelerate cloud-based service adoption at large. That includes the use of an algorithm-based decision support system to speed up application reviews as well as improving security controls with cost-effective and innovated tools. Watch Gupta’s full interview here.

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