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07/31/2020
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One gov's 'SWAT team' is another's 'strike team'

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced the launch of a “strike team” of technologists, including Code for America and U.S. Digital Response founder Jennifer Pahlka, to modernize the state’s backlogged unemployment system, as the ongoing pandemic continues to strain the aged IT infrastructure. The group will create a “blueprint” for new technology systems within the state’s Employment Development Department, which oversees insurance and benefits for the state’s nearly 3 million unemployed workers. Pahlka told StateScoop she looks forward to recommending “scalable, agile, human-centered services to meet the needs of Californians.” Ryan Johnston reports.


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NG911 to get cybersecurity tests in Tennessee

Tennessee, one of the states furthest along in adopting next-generation 911 technology, has hired a consulting firm to evaluate the cybersecurity preparedness of the state’s emergency call centers. The company, Mission Critical Partners, said Wednesday that it will conduct assessments of Tennessee’s public safety answering points, in search of vulnerabilities on an increasingly digital network. While NG911 is frequently described as an inevitable evolution in how first responders are dispatched, it will necessarily expose the call centers, most of which don't have dedicated cybersecurity staff on-site, to new threats. Colin Wood reports.


Georgia State's new cyber program is worth a look

Organizers of a new workforce training program at Georgia State University hope not only to place their students with companies seeking fresh cybersecurity talent, but to export an evidence-based research methodology they claim is sorely absent from today’s industry, Colin reports for EdScoop. The program, led by the university’s Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group, will train and match 60 university students — not necessarily enrolled at Georgia State — with private companies and other organizations, where they'll intern with CISOs. Read more on EdScoop.


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