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Data, privacy next steps for New York state IT

On the Priorities podcast, acting New York CIO Jennifer Lorenz says that nearly a decade after a massive IT consolidation process, data and privacy will drive the next era of maturity for the state’s technology operations.

“What’s that next level of maturity? That’s where data and privacy come in,” Lorenz says. “We’re really building this overarching program where a tech solution has to include the data strategy, has to include the privacy strategy, also the security strategy, more upfront.”

The state last year hired lawyer Michele Jones as chief privacy officer, and in March, hired data strategist Rebecca Cai as the state’s new chief data officer.

Data and privacy policy are not new to New York, though, Lorenz says. 

“We hit those things before, but I’d say it was a little more myopic,” Lorenz says. “Each level waterfall approach kind of got brought in [before], now we’re trying to do it up front.”

Also on the podcast, StateScoop’s Keely Quinlan stops by to talk about her recent article on biometric privacy legislation and policy, and Ohio’s Katrina Flory talks about her focus on next-generation 911. StateScoop 50 Award winner Red Hat’s Doug Ross also joins the show to talk about IT modernization.

In the news this week:

The National Association of Counties is creating a new committee to explore artificial intelligence. The new 15-member committee will explore the policies, applications and potential consequences of AI in county governments. Travis County, Texas, Judge Andy Brown and Palm Beach County, Florida, Mayor Gregg Weiss will lead the committee.

Washington state’s tech bureau is staffing up with the hire of a new CISO, CDO, CTO and chief of staff in recent months. The state’s CIO Bill Kehoe says these hires are enabling him to more effectively manage statewide efforts on cyber, digital services, data analytics and enterprise architecture.

Cybersecurity planning and training is lacking across multiple branches of government in Utah, according to a report from the state legislature’s watchdog office. The state’s Office of the Legislative Auditor General found that many agencies have not taken steps to establish cybersecurity frameworks or require employees to undergo routine cyber hygiene training. 

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.