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'A wake-up call'

The alert that CISA and allied cybersecurity agencies published this week about managed service providers has potentially big ramifications for the local governments that depend on those companies for their IT needs, experts told StateScoop yesterday. “It’s a wake-up call for action. I think it should be taken seriously," said CompTIA's Alan Shark. But, Shark said, many MSPs haven't "put security up front" in their offerings. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Data, from cradle to grave

The California Office of Cradle-to-Career Data said yesterday it's signed legal agreements with 15 government organizations that will allow it build new education data sets and develop tools that help monitor the progress of students and educators. The office will be developing tools that streamline the financial aid process, and creating data dashboards that aid researchers, policymakers and educators. Colin Wood has more.

Maryland Gov. Hogan signs three cybersecurity bills

Maryland’s cybersecurity activities are poised to get a significant boost following Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature Thursday of three bills that will fund new technology purchases and staff positions, and solidify the state’s cyber policy structure. The new laws make the state CISO's job a permanent part of government, give new authorities to the Maryland IT Department's cybersecurity office and set reporting requirements for water and sewer systems. Ben has details.

The wait continues

On the Priorities podcast this week, Oklahoma CISO Matt Singleton talks to Colin about his state's preparation for the infrastructure law's cyber grant program, as well as the progress he's made in overhauling his agency's software stack and recruiting new professionals to the public sector. Listen to the podcast.

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