The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, issued an emergency declaration on July 24 in response to a series of cybersecurity breaches at local school districts. The emergency declaration enables the state government to share more resources to counter the breach.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has eliminated the Cybersecurity Officer position from her cabinet. Unlike most states, which are pouring additional funding into cybersecurity, Raimondo has cut all funding from the Cybersecurity Officer’s role, which was held by Mike Steinmetz since the position was created in 2017. The Cybersecurity Officer functions will be distributed among other state agencies, according to a published report.
Indiana University (IU) announced July 2 it is establishing the IU Cybersecurity Clinic that will address cyber threats with an emphasis on state and local organizations. IU said the clinic, which will serve as a Midwest hub for cyber training, is the only one of its kind focused on state and local cybersecurity.