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03/09/2022
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Cyber training all over Massachusetts

Massachusetts officials announced Tuesday that 210 local governments and school districts around the commonwealth will receive grants to fund cybersecurity training for their employees. The grants, which have been distributed annually since 2020, will fund training for about 57,000 public-sector workers overall. The scale of recipients ranges from a tiny Cape Cod charter school where one person will get cyber-hygiene training to cities and school districts with thousands of employees. Benjamin Freed reports.


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CivStart and NLC team up on civic tech pilots

Six cities are planning to launch civic technology pilots with help from the National League of Cities and CivStart, a nonprofit for civic technology innovation, CivStart said Tuesday. The projects will be run as part of a yearlong program called “City Inclusive Ecosystems,” CivStart said, with mayor’s offices in New York, Philadelphia and four other cities expected to participate. Ryan Johnston has more.


ICYMI: Hacking group linked to China targets states

The cybersecurity firm Mandiant yesterday published new research showing that APT41, a hacking group suspected of ties to a Chinese intelligence service, has been targeting state governments using a series of zero-day vulnerabilities, including the Log4j vulnerability. The group has also exploited a flaw in USAHERDS, a piece of software used to track livestock health. Ben had the story.


The crypto rules are coming

Citing the need for the U.S. government to address security issues with cryptocurrencies, as well as their role in the overall financial system, President Biden announced today that he’s preparing to sign an executive order on “responsible innovation” for digital assets. A White House fact sheet called it “the first ever, whole-of-government approach to addressing the risks and harnessing the potential benefits of digital assets and their underlying technology." Read more on CyberScoop.


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