SECURITY LEADERSHIP: CISOs Facing Boards Need Better Business, Communication Skills. As information security becomes a more important topic of interest for corporate boards, CISOs are increasingly asked to step up and brief boards on cyber issues — which means they need to become better communicators, and have a broader understanding of business needs. Read more

PROJECT PLANNING: 20 Ways Your IT Team Makes You Look Like a Hero. One of the disturbing realities of working in IT is that most of your non-IT coworkers don’t know what you do. That’s good because it offers a certain level of freedom, but it also means you often don’t get credit for great work. Read more

NEWLY-APPOINTED STATE CIOS: Meet the Class of 2015. Thanks to administration changes, retirements and new legislation, a dozen states appointed new CIOs this year and in late 2014. It’s a group that includes few true outsiders. Most of these new IT chiefs — but not all of them — have been in government before, and many bring a mix of public- and private-sector experience to the job. Read more

FITARA PLANS: Federal CIO Gives Agencies B-Plus. Agencies have submitted action plans for implementing the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and, while not perfect, the Office of Management and Budget’s top IT official is generally pleased with the results. Read more


CALIFORNIA: Obama Admin Announces New Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Hub. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the seventh of nine new manufacturing institutes underway will invest $171 million in advancing next-generation flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing, fostering American leadership in manufacturing technologies from smart bandages to self-monitoring weapons systems to wearable devices. Read more

MINNESOTA: State, Local Officials Preparing For Drones. flood of new flying tools and toys is forcing local and national officials to prepare new policies to keep everyone safe in the sky. They’re called drones, unmanned aerial vehicles or systems, and they’re a booming business, but the new technology is not without friction. Read more

MULTI-STATE: Public Assistance Fraud Pilot Shows Promise. A consortium of five states were able to thwart cross-border, dual participation in the food stamp (SNAP) program by detecting fraud in real time. The U.S. budget for SNAP exceeds $80 billion annually and the program serves more than 45 million Americans. Read more

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Smart Cities of the Future. Federal and local governments around the world are expected to spend $475.5 billion on technology products and services by 2019. From New York to Chicago to Rio de Janeiro, metropolitan centers around the world are looking for new ways to be “smart” – to become more sustainable, improve the efficiency of public services and citizens’ quality of life. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – October 2, 2015

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