Tracy Barnes

How do IT officials get elected leaders to focus on cyber? Don't talk about technology.

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When speaking with elected officials who want cybersecurity to be "solved," state and local IT leaders said they leave tech out of the conversation.

As workforce issues near 'crisis,' CIOs invoke call to serve public

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The public-service mission is still one of the most effective ways to attract new IT and cyber talent to government, speakers said at the Michigan Cyber Summit.

State CIOs aren't confident in locals' cybersecurity, but it's not personal

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At the Michigan Cyber Summit, a group of state CIOs discussed how they're getting more acquainted with their local governments.

Indiana, state universities to provide local governments cyber assessments

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The Indiana Office of Technology is partnering with Purdue University and Indiana University to provide local governments cyber assessments.

States bend hiring practices to fill IT, cyber gaps

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Dropping academic requirements and adding "work from anywhere" are on the table for states active in a competitive labor market.

Security vendor says its access of Indiana COVID-19 data was not 'unauthorized'

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UpGuard, a security firm that researches software vulnerabilities, said it discovered a data leak and wanted to help state officials fix it.

It's two steps forward, one step back for state government IT

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The pandemic and advancements in tech are affording states new opportunities — and presenting challenges — state IT leaders said during an online event.

Indiana 'very aggressive' on cyber partnerships with cities

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A new information-sharing law and inclusion in an NGA policy academy will grow Indiana's "whole-of-state" approach, CIO Tracy Barnes said.

Indiana poised to increase cybersecurity info sharing among government

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The state is expected to enact legislation that will require state agencies and local governments to report all cyberattacks to the Indiana Office of Technology.

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