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A vote of no confidence

NOVI, Michigan — Asked yesterday at the annual Michigan Cyber Summit if they believed their respective local partners are up to the challenge, the state CIOs of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia offered a unanimous “No.” They all chalked that up to the still-limited interaction state-level IT agencies have with local governments, even as other relationships between states and localities grow stronger. But making those connections can go a long way toward building cyber confidence: "It’s about the trust we have to build for them to see us as partners, not Big Brother, not as their boss so we don’t have to go through legislation and mandates," Indiana's Tracy Barnes said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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That's a lot of laptops

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced the state’s Office of Statewide Broadband will spend up to $30 million on laptops for about 150,000 households. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, which contains the broadband office, plans to partner with local governments and community groups to distribute the devices to “underserved” households, according to Hogan’s announcement. Jurisdictions will be able to apply for the laptops starting in November. Colin Wood has details.

Illinois prioritizes accessibility in IT planning

On this week’s Priorities podcast, leaders from the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology say they’re helping officials throughout the state government integrate accessibility into their technology initiatives. The Accessing Illinois project, which recently won a special award from NASCIO, came about during the pandemic, when officials heard from disability advocates that many state websites and applications were still difficult to use. “This is really what led to the idea that I wanted to form this chief of information accessibility and really an information accessibility office that will serve the state from an enterprisewide perspective," Illinois CIO Jennifer Ricker says. Listen to the podcast.

Survey: Keeping ahead of the risk curve

As government agencies continue to expand the number of cloud services and endpoint devices operating on their networks, the task of assessing their risk profile keeps growing in complexity. In this brief survey, we want to learn what strategies and investments federal, state and local government leaders are using to improve their organization’s ability to identify, manage and remediate cyber risks across their enterprise devices. Your responses to this survey will be kept anonymous. Share your perspective.

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