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Despite digital ambitions, governments fail to scale initiatives, survey shows

by Colin Wood

Digital initiatives are a top priority for state government, yet agencies continue to lag behind the private sector in their attempts to scale those initiatives, according a survey released this week by research and advisory firm Gartner. A report released Wednesday reveals that chief information officers and other government technology leaders in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Singapore, Canada and India are rarely able to deliver their digital businesses at scale, despite…

North Dakota tackles cybersecurity workforce shortage with K-12 partnership

by Colin Wood

A division of North Dakota’s statewide technology agency has announced a new partnership that will bring cybersecurity teaching educational materials to educators throughout the state. Formed late last month, the partnership between the North Dakota Information Technology Department’s EduCause office and the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center is the first of its kind. While the national program funded by the Department of Homeland Security has worked with teachers on a…

Identity, access tools essential to IT security, but states lag on implementation

by StateScoop Staff

Stolen and recycled passwords pose critical security risks for state and local government agencies. Those risks are expected to intensify as demand to support more applications grows over the next year, according to a new report. IT leaders indicated in a report produced by StateScoop and underwritten by Okta that their agencies recognize how identity and access management (IAM) practices can help address security and other IT support issues. However,…

'Govern For America' wants to solve state government's workforce problem

by Colin Wood

State governments have long struggled to fill information technology jobs , but a new nonprofit group is trying to turn that around with a new crop of professionals. Govern for America is preparing to place its inaugural cohort of fellows across state governments next summer as the first component in what the organization’s founders envision as a desperately needed pipeline for fresh talent. By building a network of partners across universities and government agencies, the mission is to…

Government is hiring more, but still struggling to fill IT roles

by Colin Wood

State and local governments often struggle with outdated technology infrastructure, middling enterprise performance, and fending off a growing barrage of cyberattacks. One reason is a lack of technical talent. New survey data shared this week in a workforce-themed webinar hosted by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers did not bode particularly well for government leaders who continue to struggle to get the help they need. Gerald Young, a…

North Dakota hires state's first 'chief reinvention officer'

by Colin Wood

Providing a customer experience like what’s offered by Amazon has become a holy grail for many government IT leaders in recent years, and with North Dakota’s newest hire on Thursday, the state is drawing a direct line to that mission. North Dakota’s chief information officer, Shawn Riley, announced a new position called the chief reinvention officer, or CRO, that will be filled on August 20 by Julie Cabinaw, a private…

How agencies are reducing travel and expense errors with automated tools

by StateScoop Staff

Automating the process of expense reporting can drastically reduce reporting errors, expose potential areas of expense abuse and improve employee productivity for state and local government agencies, according to a new report. Agencies are discovering that widely available, cloud-based automation tools are translating into greater transparency and control of “employee initiated spend,” often the largest budget-line area in government spending. At the same time, automating expense reporting tools are helping…

How to reduce IT friction and better serve first responders

by StateScoop Staff

For police, fire and other emergency management personnel, IT and communications systems need to work fast, be interoperable and free of IT friction. The most urgent IT needs facing public safety officials today include streamlining data access, increasing productivity of the workforce and improving access and connectivity for first responders, according to state and local officials in a new report. Produced by StateScoop and underwritten by VMware, the report profiles…

Minnesota's new Cyber Range is like a 'flight simulator for cyberattacks'

by Mark Satter

Minnesota’s Metropolitan State University opened its new MN Cyber Range this month, offering cybersecurity certifications and a first-of-its-kind system in the state described as “a flight simulator for cyber attacks.” The cyber range, which officially opened on May 16, is located on the Metropolitan State University’s campus in St. Paul, and is the result of a public-private partnership between the university, the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, and Israel-based aerospace and…

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