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State workers more engaged with security since pandemic, CISOs say

Speaking during a Scoop News Group event about post-pandemic IT, Colorado CISO Deborah Blyth said that her team, even with everyone working remotely, has become more engaged with other state agencies, especially those involved in rolling out new digital government services. “We’re constantly trying to shift left, to get the security team engaged a lot sooner in projects,” said Colorado Chief Information Security Officer Deborah Blyth. “Making sure all those innovative products they’re creating have security.” Benjamin Freed has the story.

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Army Cyber Command is ‘evolving’ beyond cyber-operations

Army Cyber Command's cyber-operators will take on additional duties in “information advantage” and “decision dominance,” two areas where the command can help kinetic operations extend impact, collect information to assist battlefield decisions and work to influence adversaries. The evolution is part of a journey the command has been on across its decade of existence, including previous ideas to change its name to reflect its added emphasis on information operations. More from Jackson Barnett.

How the pandemic sparked Miami's data-driven culture shift

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought businesses, schools and much of the tourism to a standstill in Miami, but the city’s technology leaders told StateScoop that data-driven recovery programs have sparked a new culture of data analysis across agencies. Last week, city and Google developers finished a 16-day "sprint" developing a data warehouse, complete with visualization tools, that will serve as the key component to helping the city’s pandemic-recovery groups plan out the reopening of Miami’s economy. It’s the first such data analysis tool that Miami has had, citywide Chief Information Officer Michael Sarasti said. Ryan Johnston has the details.

Remote workers could reduce federal IT skills deficit

A shortage of IT skills continue to handicap agencies as government competes for younger talent, according to new research from FedScoop and WorkScoop. Roughly half of respondents said that a complicated hiring process and lack of focus around IT workforce planning are constraints to acquiring talent. Additionally, 8 in 10 leaders surveyed said they are moderately or highly concerned about being able to replenish their IT staffs with a younger generation of talent trained on more modern tools. Learn more from the findings.

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