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'Anxiety and dread'

Statewide election leaders and federal officials explained to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday the toll on election workers taken by threats and harassment fueled by ongoing disinformation and conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election. In a hearing that featured several emotional moments, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said an “omnipresent feeling of anxiety and dread” has set in since late 2020, when a crowd of angry Trump supporters gathered outside her home and shouted threats and obscenities into bullhorns. "We're here today because of a lie," said Matt Crane, the executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Virginia’s new CIO targets cyber, ‘smart growth’

Virginia CIO Robert Osmond, who took over as the commonwealth’s top IT official in April after Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s first choice stepped down just weeks into the job, told StateScoop he’s aligning his strategy around what he calls “smart growth.” In an email, Osmond outlined his plans, which include adopting a “whole-of-state” approach to cybersecurity, expanding the state’s security team and streamlining operations for the enterprise technologies used by 65 state agencies, all while instilling a culture of “urgency, customer centricity, business mindset, teamwork and inclusion.” Colin Wood has more.

Seattle fund invests in tech education for the incarcerated

On this week’s episode of the Priorities podcast, Dirk van Velzen, CEO of the Prison Scholar Fund, a Seattle charity, tells Colin that a recent $25,000 city grant will help his organization invest in technology education for the incarcerated. His latest initiative is designed to help people become proficient in the use of basic technology, and later offer scholarships for those interested in coding bootcamps. Listen to the podcast.


Georgia’s CISO on strategies to overcome workforce gaps in security

In a new video series, “Cyber Protection Starts with your Workforce,” David Allen, Georgia’s CISO, says that since the state can’t compete with the private sector for cyber talent, they are finding other alternatives. Over the past three years the state has taken an out-of-the-box approach to hiring by nurturing talent right out of high school or college for entry level positions and partnering with third-party security vendors for more specialized talent. Watch more from Allen.

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