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Washington CISO is leaving

Washington State CISO Vinod Brahmapuram plans to leave state government for a private-sector role at the end of the month, he told StateScoop yesterday. “What I’m very proud of is the change we were able to bring overall,” he said about his time in Olympia, which included a statewide cybersecurity consolidation. “What we did is we came together and really started looking at how the threats are evolving. One thing I was keen on is how do we take a threat-centric approach.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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From pasta innovation to IT innovation?

Chicago’s Department of Assets, Information and Services, a sprawling agency responsible for the city’s technology, motor-vehicle fleet and public buildings, last month named Sandra Blakemore, a deputy commissioner for finance and human resources, as its new acting commissioner. Before joining city government in 2017, Blakemore spent many years with ConAgra Foods, including a stint as the company's pasta innovation director. Ben has more.

White House issues another Russia warning

The Biden administration is renewing calls for the private sector to address known vulnerabilities and shore up cyberdefenses in light of a looming possibility of a cyberattack from Russia on U.S. infrastructure. The latest warning is “based on evolving threat intelligence, that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks on critical infrastructure in the United States,” Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, said during yesterday's White House press briefing. CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports.


Sink or Swim? How to manage the swell of FOIA requests

Since the public has become more aware of their rights to submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, government clerks and agency offices have seen a dramatic increase in workloads. Workflow automation tools can help improve customer experience and interagency communication, explains JustFOIA’s Larry Davidson. Watch the full interview. 

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