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10/21/2020
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'Real consequences'

Ransomware attacks against public school systems are as rampant as ever, with actual fallout for teachers, students and parents, speakers during an online panel said yesterday. Recent incidents have exposed students' and teachers' personal information, and in some cases disrupted schools' ability to deliver online classes. “Messing with kids has real consequences for our society,” Harlan Greer, a cybersecurity and counterterrorism adviser to Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said during the conversation, which was hosted by Recorded Future analyst Allan Liska. Benjamin Freed reports.


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The case for state-local partnerships

Collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries is critical for hardening the cybersecurity defenses of state and local governments, two state's top IT security officials said on the latest episode of StateScoop’s Priorities podcast. North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson said there's been progress with a "whole-of-state" cybersecurity approach, while Pennsylvania CISO Erik Avakian said he's focused on "breaking down the silo" of state government to make it more accessible to outside stakeholders. Colin Wood hosts.


Michigan CIO gets title bump

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week promoted state Chief Information Officer Brom Stibitz to also serve as the director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. With the new title, Stibitz, who was named CIO in March, will continue his IT duties, but also become the permanent head of a 3,000-person agency that oversees the state's procurement and financial processes, which have only become more complicated during the pandemic. Ben has details.


LA Cyber Lab reduces anxiety

Governments often say they want to help their business communities with cybersecurity, but the information can be hard to get across to organizations that lack resources and requisite knowledge. During a CyberTalks panel yesterday, officials from Los Angeles and CISA praised the work of the LA Cyber Lab, a three-year-old nonprofit that provides cybersecurity assistance to small and mid-sized businesses in Southern California. “In the past we’d share information with people who didn’t know what to do with it,” Glenn Haddox, head of the Cyber Lab's board of directors, said. “So it’d create anxiety. We need to act as more of a team." Ben has more.


Finally, a new subway map

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the interactive, digital map of the New York City subway system it published yesterday is a first of its kind for North America — and potentially the world. The map streams near-real-time views of train locations, construction and delays to a virtual diagram of the train system. Users can zoom in and out on tracks to see which direction trains are heading and click on stations to check service status. And serious train nerds may find some resolution of the Great Subway Map War of 1978. Ryan Johnston has the story.


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