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SLCGP Money Goes to Training, Assessments, Policy Development

As the deadline for year two funding approaches, Washington CISO Ralph Johnson talks about the state’s spending priorities with historic federal support for cybersecurity as the NASCIO Midyear conference gets underway in National Harbor, Md.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — Generative AI may be the technology of the moment, but so far it hasn't bumped cybersecurity from its top spot on government CIO priority lists.

"I agree it [generative AI] is important, we have to understand it, we have to embrace it, because it’s here, it’s not going away," said Washington Chief Information Security Officer Ralph Johnson, "but we still need to consider the basics of security."

At the NASCIO Midyear conference in National Harbor this week, Johnson expanded on some of that work that is in progress throughout Washington.

One item on his agenda is the upcoming review of applications for year two of the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. In Washington, those applications are due on May 10.

Here, he breaks down the "complete pass-through" the state did in the program's first year, providing the funds to local governments to bolster the maturity of their cyber programs in several key areas.

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