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Workforce training crucial to cloud transition

Providing training opportunities to state employees is a key component of a successful cloud transition, state CIOs said during StateScoop’s IT Modernization Summit last week. “Your business stakeholders, your legislative stakeholders, they all need to be educated and right up to speed on the what, the why, and the how of cloud — what it’s like, and what is in it for them, and why we are doing this now,” Arizona CIO J.R. Sloan said. Lindsay McKenzie has more.

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Cybersecurity grants are 'at the goal line,' says New Hampshire CIO

The long-awaited outline for a new federal cybersecurity grant program aimed at state and local governments might show itself soon, New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet said during StateScoop’s IT Modernization Summit. Goulet said he’s heard “encouraging” things lately on DHS's progress on drafting guidelines for the $1 billion fund. “We think instead of what felt like further push-off we might be getting close to the goal line. I certainly hope we are,” he said. Benjamin Freed has details.

Carriers hold geolocation data for two years, FCC says

Ten of the top 15 mobile carriers collect geolocation data and provide no way for consumers to opt-out, according to information from the telecom companies the Federal Communications Commission published last Thursday. The carriers’ answers to questions about data collection and retention from the FCC come in response to a July request from the agency seeking information on geolocation practices in light of concerns about how law enforcement could use phone data to arrest abortion-seekers in states where the procedure is now illegal or will soon be outlawed. Tonya Riley reports for CyberScoop.


WATCH: How Massachusetts has enhanced its threat hunting analysis

Massachusetts’s assistant secretary for technology, security and operations and COO Sean Hughes says that the state has enhanced its threat hunting analysis, allowing them to centralize the management of all associated threat data to include endpoint and network data. Hughes explains that as they continue to ingest data into their security, incident and event management platform from multiple sources, they can identify deviations and any threats they may face. Hear more from Hughes.

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