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A bit of building back better

The nearly 1,700-page spending plan for President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda introduced in the House on Thursday makes several additional technology investments supporting state and local programs. While most of the $1.7 trillion plan addresses child care, housing and climate protection, it also includes expenditures on cybersecurity and long-awaited upgrades to emergency communications technology, such as $470 million for next-generation 911, as well as additional funding for the MS-ISAC, state and local cybersecurity recruitment and .gov migrations. Benjamin Freed reports.

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The 'digital twins' are multiplying

New York City, Las Vegas and Phoenix have all recently committed to building virtual models of their downtown districts, hoping to develop new strategies to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency. But executing on the nascent “digital twin” technologies won’t be simple, according to Cityzenith, the data visualization company behind the virtual model technology. Ryan Johnston has details.

Will election officials be required to report cyber incidents?

While election technology has been under a federal critical infrastructure since 2017, state and local election officials still don't face any mandate to report cybersecurity incidents to U.S. authorities. But that could soon change, as Congress considers multiple bills requiring operators of critical infrastructure to report incidents to Department of Homeland Security, the FBI or other authorities. “If the federal government doesn’t have that full visibility, having lived it, you’re just never sure what we are missing, what else could be out there,” said Matt Masterson, the former top election security official at CISA. CyberScoop's AJ Vicens explores the issue.

JCDC outlines how states can join the band

During a webinar yesterday, CISA nudged state and local governments to speak up and share any potential vulnerabilities as they participate in the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, the federal government’s new, multi-sector effort to counter cyber threats and develop defensive plans before attacks occur. At the state and local levels, CISA officials said, that work will likely address the continuity of government services, threats against elections and ransomware, and agency officials said they are looking for participants with subject-matter expertise in those fields. Ben has more.


Why organizations are ‘repatriating’ their data from the cloud

Bill Burnham, Hewlett Packard Enterprises’ CTO for the U.S. public sector, discusses the growing expense of moving data in and out of commercial clouds that has CIOs looking at smarter alternatives to cloud infrastructure. Burnham describes a new financing model that is structured to drive down costs of moving data across the IT environment to serve state and local governments’ various mission needs. Read more from Burnham.

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