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Noelle Knell

Noelle Knell

Contributing Editor

Emergency Management contributing editor Noelle Knell has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, writing about public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history.

At the NASCIO Annual Conference Monday, Washington state Chief Privacy Officer Katy Ruckle explained that data privacy and cybersecurity are different, but you can’t have one without the other.
Most state CIOs expect remote work to continue and for digital services to keep proliferating. That introduces a host of shifting priorities, including a renewed need for cybersecurity enhancements and identity tools.
The annual NASCIO conference concludes with a look at how states are developing governance frameworks around the latest technologies to ensure a focus on citizens and avoid being drawn toward “every shiny widget.”
In a live virtual panel, NASCIO released its annual survey of state chief information officers today, supporting the notion that state IT leaders led the transition to remote work and a renewed push for digital services.
As the presidential election nears this November, online threats from ballot interference to largescale ransomware attacks threaten all levels of government, and the stakes have never been higher.
Companies like Facebook and Google have ushered in some positives for individuals, communities and governments. But we still have a responsibility to ask whether they're serving the public interest.
In light of concrete evidence that there was indeed foreign interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, it falls to the states and localities to keep American democratic processes secure.
As new cutting-edge technologies continue to mature and find their place in the public sector, government agencies are increasingly ready to get on board and see what future tech has to offer.
While the U.S. currently lacks comprehensive regulation around how Americans’ data is collected and used, states like California, Washington and Maine offer their own approaches to protecting personal information.