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11/13/2020
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The inconvenience of a pandemic

Eight months and several digital transformations after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Washington, D.C.’s, cybersecurity workforce is finally “able to breathe again” in the new normal of remote work, District CISO Suneel Cherukuri said yesterday. But it hasn't been an easy road. Speaking during a Fortinet event, Cherukuri said that instead of spending the year as planned, his team has had to focus on securing the constant churn of new digital services in response to the health crisis. Ryan Johnston reports.


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Lawmakers rally around CISA

Following a report that CISA Director Chris Krebs expects to be fired by the White House, Democratic members of Congress issued statements supporting Krebs' leadership of the federal government's election security efforts, including refutations of President Donald Trump's claims of electoral fraud. "He’s someone who is respected on both sides of the aisle," said Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. In a Twitter direct message to StateScoop, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the removal of Krebs, who's fostered CISA's relationship with states' election and IT operations, would "immediately, negatively impact our national security and Americans' safety." Sean Lyngaas reports for CyberScoop.


Biden looks to state and local tech

President-elect Joe Biden's transition advisers include former Santa Clara County, Calif., CIO Ann Dunkin, former D.C. Transportation Director Gabe Klein and North Carolina Department of Information Technology chief of staff Nate Denny, among other veterans of state and local IT. Jay Nath, founder of the civic-tech group City Innovate, said the inclusion of people with that experience is a sign that the Biden administration sees that "digital infrastructure can be as important as physical infrastructure." Benjamin Freed has more.


Data breach exposes nearly 28 million Texas drivers' records

A software vendor that supplies the auto insurance industry acknowledged a data breach this week that exposed the personal information of about 27.7 million people with Texas driver’s licenses. The company, Vertafore, discovered the breach in mid-August after three data files containing the drivers' records had been in an unsecured storage service that was accessed by an unauthorized user. Ben has more.


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