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On-time and on-budget doesn't cut it

Even though state governments constantly update their technology, the public mostly hears about it only when things go wrong. But completing projects on time, on budget and free from public derision is only a starting point, not a description of success. In interviews with StateScoop, state chief information officers shared their main considerations when trading in old IT systems for new ones. Security, data governance, business processes and user-centered design all add new dimension to what are already complex endeavors. Neglecting any of these, the CIOs said, won’t necessarily torpedo a project, but could push forward the date of the next critical upgrade. Colin Wood reports.

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Working with 'whoever'

As concerns about insider threats to elections continue, CISA's top election-security adviser said last Thursday that the agency is prepared to deal with state and local election officials who’ve associated themselves with conspiracy theories about voting equipment and previous election results. “We’re going to work with whoever is elected,” Kim Wyman told StateScoop during an interview at the Billington Cyber Summit. “If someone gets through an election, their voters believed they’re the best candidate. That said, we’re putting a lot of emphasis on insider threats.”   Benjamin Freed has more.

Locals' .gov adoption is getting better, but still slow

In taking over the .gov top-level domain last year, CISA was given a mandate to increase adoption among local governments, many of which still use domains ending in .com or .org. One of the first things it did was waive the $400 annual fee that GSA previously charged. Since then, former Georgia CTO Steve Nichols writes, adoption by state and local governments has picked up, but is still at a pace that would take another 15 years to reach full, nationwide adoption. He broke down the numbers. Read the full column.


Why community is a key pillar of a defense-in-depth security strategy

As sophisticated cyber-attacks trend upwards, state and local agencies need a defense strategy that fits their resource constraints. Randy Rose from the Center for Internet Security (CIS) shares how adding community as a key pillar in a defense-in-depth security strategy can help agencies extend their resources and strengthen their defenses. Watch the full interview with Rose.

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