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12/30/2019
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Utah lawmaker wants to tap brakes on facial recognition

The Utah Department of Public Safety's liberal sharing of driver's license and ID card with federal law enforcement has caught the attention of Republican state Sen. Kirk Cullimore, who plans to introduce a bill next month aimed at imposing restrictions on which federal agencies have access to the state’s databases. The new regulations would take on what the American Civil Liberties Union has called "a massive, hidden surveillance infrastructure." Ryan Johnston has more.


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Tennessee rethinks IT workforce development

Across Tennessee, officials are rethinking how they prepare workers for emerging technical jobs. State Chief Information Officer Stephanie Dedmon tells StateScoop the state's strategy is to grow its own talent, rather than compete directly in the market. "That’s becoming more and more challenging," she says. Dedmon said state agencies are participating in more career fairs and campus-recruitment events, and have also convened a workforce committee to focus on IT job development. Watch the video interview.


Coast Guard says Ryuk ransomware hit maritime facility

The U.S. Coast Guard disclosed in a security advisory that computer networks at a marine transportation facility were shut down for 30 hours recently because of a cyberattack that used the Ryuk ransomware virus. CyberScoop's Jeff Stone reports that the incident resulted in the disruption of “the entire corporate IT network,” and difficulties for camera and physical access controls, among other tasks, according to the advisory. The Coast Guard did not name the facility that was hacked, but Ryuk has been one of the most prominent forms of ransomware, appearing in attacks against many U.S. city governments, including New Orleans earlier this month. Read more on CyberScoop.


Minnesota CISO Aaron Call steps down

Aaron Call, who started with the state government in 2014 and was promoted to chief information security officer in 2017, stepped down earlier this month. Call is now the CISO for insurance carrier WPS Health Solutions. Benjamin Freed reports.


Indiana technology office names interim leadership

Robert Paglia, Indiana Office of Technology's chief administrative officer, has also been serving as interim CIO since the November departure of Dewand Neely. Colin Wood has the details.


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