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Survey names Colorado, Washington among top data-driven states

State Library Ed. Note: Survey can be found here:  2019 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence. State governments are using data-driven analysis to make decisions more often than ever before, according to a survey released on Friday by the nonprofit organization Results for America. The group, which collaborated with Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2015 […]
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Louisiana to build $1.5 million cybersecurity facility

The Louisiana Cyber Coordination Center will be home to the state National Guard’s cybersecurity activities and two private-sector firms. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday his administration will build a “major cybersecurity center” in Baton Rouge to be staffed by the state National Guard, which will use the new facility to carry out cybersecurity-related […]
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States still getting cybersecurity info from feds during shutdown, but for how much longer?

The month-long shutdown is affecting how much information about cyberthreats the federal government can pass on to states, a former DHS leader says. More than a month into a partial federal government shutdown, questions are starting to arise whether states and local governments, which rely on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for monitoring and […]
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Idaho plans to hire a cybersecurity specialist for elections

The new position would be responsible for monitoring threats against the state’s voter registration database and coordinating with county-level officials. Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said last week he would like to hire a cybersecurity specialist for his office to lead the state’s efforts to repel attempts to hack its election infrastructure. The new […]
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Oregon opens broadband office to connect rural residents

An executive order creates a statewide coordinating office to be staffed by four or five employees charged with ensuring everyone is online. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order this week creating a state broadband office, fueled primarily by a desire, officials say, to bring high-speed internet access to rural and low-income areas. “This […]
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Under new CIO, Oregon IT aims to grow up

Newly-appointed statewide chief information officer Terrence Woods said his mission is to build a strong foundation of IT that will allow the state to grow. Source: Under new CIO, Oregon IT aims to grow up | StateScoop

Under new CIO, Oregon IT aims to grow up 

Newly-appointed statewide chief information officer Terrence Woods said his mission is to build a strong foundation of IT that will allow the state to grow. Oregon’s new chief information officer said the state will target fundamental government technologies under a renewed focus on IT by Gov. Kate Brown. Terrence Woods, who was appointed to the CIO position […]
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Valdez, Alaska paid off ransomware hackers

The small city agreed to pay its hackers a bitcoin sum equal to more than $26,000 for a decryption key for the ransomware virus known as Hermes. Source: Valdez, Alaska paid off ransomware hackers

North Carolina launches cybersecurity training program for veterans

The state is partnering with Cisco and other tech firms to offer free training to former military members pursuing cybersecurity careers. North Carolina will start offering free cybersecurity training to the state’s military veterans, officials said Wednesday, making it the third state to participate in CyberVetsUSA, a program backed by Cisco that aims to connect […]
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Cybersecurity at Oregon data center is better, but has ways to go

The state has made strides in getting rid of obsolete equipment and conducting vulnerability scans, but cybersecurity roles are still poorly defined and incident monitoring is murky. An audit published this week by the Oregon secretary of state found the state government’s data center had improved considerably on its cybersecurity practices, which had long been […]
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