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How Missouri's website vulnerability was disclosed

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who notified Missouri officials of a website flaw that exposed public-school teachers’ Social Security numbers told the state he would hold back on publishing his discovery for up to 48 hours and provided the state with details about how he found the flaw, records obtained by StateScoop show. In doing so, he followed the widely accepted steps in disclosing a vulnerability. “Nothing...looks like it was out of line with sensible coordinated vulnerability disclosure activities of any researcher trying to protect victims of sensitive data exposure,” said Katie Moussouris, a co-author of the ISO standards on vulnerability disclosures who reviewed some of the documents. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Are chief cloud officers the next big thing?

Georgia Chief Information Officer Shawnzia Thomas believes her agency’s hiring a chief cloud officer marks a first in state government that other states’ technology divisions may soon replicate, she said in an interview with StateScoop. The Georgia Technology Authority hired Dmitry Kagansky, a former Amazon Web Services consultant, as its first chief cloud officer last month. Thomas said she hired Kagansky, who'd worked on several state IT projects while at Amazon, after realizing her agency had no in-house cloud expert. Colin Wood has details.

Who's listening?

A majority of city and county IT executives said their cybersecurity budgets increased over the past year, according to a survey published Wednesday by CompTIA's Public Technology Institute. But while the annual survey found that 59% percent of IT executives reported having more money for security than in 2020, 58% still say their financial resources are insufficient to counter cyber threats and support cloud initiatives. Moreover, only 22% of respondents said their local leaders were “very engaged” with cyber policies. Ben has more.

Getting 'realistic' with data policies

Small and midsized cities often lack the time and money necessary to dedicate their staff toward “smart city” efforts, but officials in those places say building robust data analysis into their city programming is as simple as being “realistic” with what they can accomplish, officials said Tuesday during an online event hosted by the data firm Civis Analytics. “We got as many people to have skin in the game [as possible],” said Pamela Marino, the acting director of Norfolk, Virginia’s, Civic Lab. Ryan Johnston has the story.


Reducing cyber risks at the endpoint and across agency networks

State and local government agencies are coming to terms with the fact that cyber risks are increasingly taking shape at the edge of their network. Tanium’s CIO, Chris Cruz, discusses some of the key challenges state leaders face surrounding cyber risks and the new work-from-anywhere environment. He also touches on how agency leaders can look at modern technology and funding strategies to mitigate security risks for remote workers. Watch the full interview with Cruz.

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