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Easterly meets the mayors

CISA Director Jen Easterly told a roomful of mayors from around the U.S. yesterday that while it's impossible to escape the noise of ransomware and other cyberthreats, she'd like to make <span>cyber hygiene and risk-mitigation strategies just as familiar. "</span>My hope with all of you is to make cybersecurity a kitchen-table issue," Easterly said at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington. She also said CISA is currently working with FEMA to finalize the details of how the new state and local cyber grant program will work. Benjamin Freed reports.

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He said he was going to do it

New York Mayor Eric Adams collected his first City Hall paycheck today and, as he said he would after his election last November, he spent all of it on cryptocurrency. Adams said yesterday that he opened an account on Coinbase, the online cryptocurrency exchange. “New York is the center of the world, and we want it to be the center of cryptocurrency and other financial innovations,” Adams said in a press release. As of 10 a.m. today, bitcoin and ethereum were both down about 10%. Ryan Johnston has more.

Interstate cybersecurity operations center is on the way

A North Dakota-led interstate cybersecurity operations center years in the making is finally nearing its launch, officials told StateScoop. State CISO Michael Gregg said he expects the new SOC — which will also include South Dakota and Montana — could open as soon as the end of the first quarter. The SOC is the brainchild of state CIO Shawn Riley, who said in 2019 that states attempting to act alone against the rising sea of cyber threats are “screwed.” “Really what this is about is taking those indicators of compromise we see and sharing those out,” Gregg said. Colin Wood has the story.

NASCIO's D.C. agenda

NASCIO this week published its top federal advocacy priorities for 2022, with a big emphasis on clarifying the new state and local cybersecurity grant program. The association is also interested in the FCC further reforming its broadband mapping process, as state are poised to receive billions of dollars in new federal funding. But topping the list is harmonizing the disparate regulations that various federal agencies impose on states when sharing data. Ben has details.

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