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Florida CIO gets candid

On the opening day of NASCIO's midyear conference, Florida CIO James Grant gave a blunt assessment of his state's rocky track record on IT governance. “We have a history of doing state tech worse than anyone else,” Grant said. “There’s no history of success — just failures.” But Grant said his Florida Digital Service — the Sunshine State's fourth version of an IT agency in the past two decades, has made recent strides after a bumpy first year. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Small dollars can have big payoffs

Sometimes, a small-dollar state IT project can be just as influential as the latest monster refresh, Minnesota CIO Tarek Tomes said at the NASCIO conference. “When you think about budget cycles, they generally depict our values," he said, pointing to Minnesota’s investments in cybersecurity and broadband, which can be "incongruent" with what they actually provide to the state. Colin Wood has more.

The 2022 StateScoop 50

On Sunday, we announced our winners of the 2022 StateScoop 50 Awards. This year's list represents 23 states and 13 private-sector companies, including one governor, numerous C-level information technology leaders and noteworthy projects from across the country. See the winners here

'Typosquatting' is back

New research this morning from Recorded Future shows that the Russian hacking group alternately known as Nobelium or APT29, which was behind the 2020 SolarWinds breach, is setting up new infrastructure to launch attacks using an old trick: "typosquatting," in which hackers register potentially misspelled versions of real brand domains to trick targets. CyberScoop reports that the phony domains particularly focused on posing as news and media organizations. Check your spelling in the URL bar.

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