Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has eliminated the CISO position from her cabinet. Unlike most states, which are pouring additional funding into cybersecurity, Raimondo has cut all funding from the CISO role, which was held by Mike Steinmetz since the position was created in 2017. The CISO’s 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.
In Washington D.C.’s cybersecurity community (and the entirety of Federal IT), the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program is well known and evolving – a bold and necessary effort to centralize the management of cybersecurity tools, services, and reporting across the entire Federal civilian enterprise. Just four hours down Interstate 95, where CDM is not so well known, the government of North Carolina is making a strong case for state-level adoption of the CDM model to create greater network visibility and strengthen cybersecurity across the state system.
Today, Reps. Jim Himes, D-Conn., and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas introduced new legislation that would establish election interference as a Federal crime. The bipartisan bill, dubbed the Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act, would make it a Federal crime to hack a voting system used in a Federal election.