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New cyber rules coming to Florida?

Legislation introduced Thursday in the Florida House of Representatives would give public-sector agencies across the state more cybersecurity-related responsibilities, including requirements to report ransomware attacks and other incidents to state authorities and annual cyber hygiene training for many state and local government employees. The bill also includes a proposed ban on government agencies paying ransomware demands, which some cybersecurity industry executives have questioned whether it's effective. Benjamin Freed reports.

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'OneStop,' lots of progress

Maryland OneStop, the state’s four-year-old citizen services portal, is not yet fully mature, but it has seen “dramatic progress,” state CIO Michael Leahy said this week. The platform, which Leahy launched in 2018 to process business licenses, has since grown to include 19 state agencies, more than 500 government forms and more than 1 million user accounts. But Leahy also predicted it'll be another two years before all state agencies are on the platform. Colin Wood has the story.

DHS launches cyber review board

The Homeland Security Department is establishing a Cyber Safety Review Board that will convene after major cyber events to review and act on them. The idea behind the board is to have a high-level body that reviews and acts on major cyberattacks, similar to how the National Transportation Safety Board adjudicates civil aviation accidents, CyberScoop's Tim Starks reports. DHS Undersecretary Rob Silvers will lead the board, which includes other top federal cyber officials and industry executives.   Read more on CyberScoop.

Yalie leaves state government for alma mater

Connecticut Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe on Tuesday announced plans to depart state government for what he called a “dream job” as a senior associate provost at Yale University. Geballe, who graduated from the New Haven school in 1997, joined Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration in 2019 as commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services after a career as an IBM executive and tech entrepreneur. He was later named the state’s COO in 2020, leading its response to COVID-19. Ryan Johnston has more.

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