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Phil Bates Receives 2020 Thomas M. Jarrett State Cybersecurity Leadership Award

NASCIO recently honored Utah CISO Phil Bates as the recipient of the 2020 Thomas M. Jarrett State Cybersecurity Leadership Award. The award honors a state CISO for exceptional accomplishments in their field. 

During his tenure Phil has implemented many programs and initiatives aimed at improving Utah’s cybersecurity posture. Most notably, in 2016, Phil pushed to create the Utah Cyber Center which consolidated state, federal and local resources into a single location, significantly improving coordination between all of these groups. The Utah Cyber Center has played an important role in helping Utah cities and […]

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Innovation Fund Projects Approved for FY2021

Each year, DTS has $150,000 to give to agencies via an Innovation Fund. The Technology Advisory Board recently approved two projects to be recipients of the FY2021 funds:

Enforcement Waterlink Module – $50,000

Adding an Enforcement Module in the existing Waterlink database will enable the Division of Drinking Water (DDW) to track the lifecycle of enforcement for all public water systems throughout Utah. In the most recent audit by the legislative auditors, it was pointed out by the auditors that DDW’s enforcement program needs to be strengthened and is of priority.  The Enforcement Module will […]

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Utah Receives “A” Grade in Government Technology Survey

The Center for Digital Government announced the state of Utah again topped the Digital States Survey. Conducted every two years, the survey evaluates states’ use of technology to improve service delivery, increase capacity, streamline operations and reach policy goals, and assigns each state a grade based on quantifiable results.

Over the past two years, Utah has aggressively pursued a migration path to cloud computing to increase security and quickly deliver flexible IT services to state agencies and residents. With the increase in state employees working remotely, the Department of Technology Services has […]

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UtahID Multi Factor Authentication

The State Security Council has recommended that state agencies use multi factor authentication on state applications using UtahID for authentication. DTS will be implementing multi-factor authentication on UtahID effective October 31, 2020.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

A method in which a user is granted access to a system using multiple factors: something the user knows (password), something the user has (a token or code sent to a different device), or something the user is (biometrics).

Why use Multi-Factor Authentication?

Security is a top priority of the state. Multi-factor […]

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2020 Annual Report

View the 2020 DTS Annual Report here. The report provides a summary of accomplishments, projects, initiatives, and awards for the past year. 

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Utah Wins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development

Utah.gov has once again been selected to receive a WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development from the national organization, Web Marketing Association. The Utah Department of Technology Services was recognized for Utah.gov and the state’s online digital government services that help Utahns complete important state business.

 

“Utah has seen record numbers of online government transactions performed this this year,” said David Fletcher, the […]

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October 2020 Procurement News

This month’s procurement newsletter is now available and will be sent to agency contacts. The newsletter addresses Priority Shipping, Mobichord Successes, and additional information.  Here is a link to the […]

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FY2021 IT Plan

The FY2020 IT Plan is now available. You can see it here. In accordance with UCA 63F-1-204, each executive branch agency must submit an agency information technology plan to the chief information officer on an annual basis. The IT Plan helps DTS plan resources for the upcoming year, based on agency needs. DTS analyzes the IT Plan to determine the impact to costs, operations, and services provided. DTS also uses the IT Plan to ensure compliance with […]

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