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Jule Pattison-Gordon

Senior Staff Writer

Jule Pattison-Gordon is a senior staff writer for Government Technology. She previously wrote for PYMNTS and The Bay State Banner, and holds a B.A. in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon. She’s based outside Boston.

The New York Joint Security Operations Center supports collaboration and information sharing, while an endpoint detection and response shared service provides local government with 24/7 monitoring and threat alerts.
The rollout of facial recognition technology in cities and states nationwide — as well as some overturned bans — could offer lessons on how to regulate other technologies that haven’t yet reached broad adoption.
Does your local government need a stance on generative AI? Boston encourages staff’s “responsible experimentation,” Seattle’s interim policy outlines cautions, and King County begins considering what responsible generative AI use might be.
John Petrozzelli takes over after Stephanie Helm stepped down from the director position in January. He brings cybersecurity experience from his time in the Air Force, FBI and private sector.
More state, local and educational entities should follow cybersecurity frameworks and ensure all staff participate in regular cybersecurity awareness training, the performance audit advised. Plus, the state legislative branch needs to develop both short-term and long-term cyber plans.
Former ACLU of Idaho Legal Director Richard Eppink said at a U.S. Senate hearing that a lack of public transparency and other factors led to damaging effects when the state tried to use algorithms to determine Medicaid funding.
Open source software security is a shared problem, one that experts say should be addressed with measures like international collaboration, traceable software and persistent incident responses.
Many challenges remain, but some cybersecurity experts say disruption efforts are promising, with the country having made significant progress on a set of recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force.
Jurisdictions are juggling third-party risks and IT staffing struggles while eyeing threats from foreign governments. ChatGPT-like tools remain an open question that could make phishing more of a problem.
Seven jurisdictions have formed the North Shore IT Collaborative, hoping to overcome limited budgets and other challenges by joining together for bulk purchasing, support and info sharing.