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Securing water utilities a top priority for Vermont’s new cyber chief

May 7, 2024

John Toney, Vermont’s new chief information security officer, starts his day with threat intelligence briefs — reading, watching or listening to the latest cybersecurity news.

“My morning cup of coffee comes in the form of cyber threat intelligence,” Toney told StateScoop in a recent interview. “It really frames my approach of how I look at things during the day.”

Toney, a former Secret Service special agent, joined Vermont’s Agency of Digital Services last month, at a time when more sophisticated cyberattacks against state and local governments across the United States are on the rise, especially from foreign cybercriminals targeting critical infrastructure in rural communities, such as water facilities.

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