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Everything old is new again

Many of the cybersecurity, disinformation and resource challenges that election administrators have long faced are as present as ever in 2022, a panel of election officials told the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday. Added in is a steady clip of insider threats, as well as a rising tide of explicit threats made against officials and their families. "Many people now believe that our entire election infrastructure is corrupted and has been weaponized to exclusively favor one political party,” New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver told the committee. “Of course, these things are not true and no one has ever produced a shred of evidence to support these conspiratorial claims. But the consequences of these lies have real world impacts, especially for election officials." Benjamin Freed reports.

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A literal information highway

The Colorado Department of Transportation recently awarded a contract to Yunex Traffic, a company that develops connected vehicle technology, to install 150 roadside devices that can receive data and send messages to vehicles equipped with their own transmitters. Officials said their roadway devices relay information to connected vehicles at a rate of 10 times per second, collecting data such as vehicle speed, heading and anti-lock brake status, along with even more detailed information like whether the vehicle is using its windshield wipers. Colin Wood has more.

A tale of two states’ cyber strategies

On this week’s Priorities podcast, two state technology officials share details of recent changes to their cyber strategies. Dustin Glover, Louisiana's newly minted chief cyber officer, talks to Ben about his new role overseeing coordinated responses to incidents like ransomware across the state's public sector. And Colin checks in with Washington CIO Bill Kehoe about getting everyone in his organization on the same page as more of the state’s infrastructure enters the cloud. Listen to the podcast.


WATCH: Georgia’s CTO on taking a cloud-first posture to minimize technical debt

Georgia is shifting its cloud posture after realizing they were piling up technical debt by taking a VPN-approach to connect employees to tools on their on-prem data centers. The expense and fragility of the architecture reached a tipping point, says CTO Steve Nichols. He shares two big initiatives for the state. First, to move to an SD-Wan solution and second, to take a cloud-first posture for any new workloads and replatform projects they bid out. Hear more from Nichols. 

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