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12/03/2020
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'A national emergency'

Members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee shared their concerns yesterday about the rising tide of ransomware attacks with K-12 school systems with the new acting head of CISA. “Ransomware is quickly becoming a national emergency,” Brandon Wales said during his testimony. He also said CISA has been expanding the resources it offers to the education sector, especially when it comes to securing virtual learning environments since the start of the pandemic. But, he said, improving cyber defenses for schools will require efforts at multiple levels, especially from states. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Looking to the future in PGH

As a deputy director in Pittsburgh’s Innovation and Performance office, Heidi Norman has helped lead the city through the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic this year. But even as city workers remain confined to their homes, Pittsburgh has become more prepared to engage with the “future workforce” than ever before, thanks to steps like a virtual "war room" for city management and more concrete actions like replacing city workers' desktop computers with laptops. “What’s very clear to us is that there is a bit of a silver lining with coming out the other side of this crisis," Norman said. Ryan Johnston has more.


Meet the 2020 LocalSmart winners

StateScoop this week announced the winners of the second annual LocalSmart Awards, which celebrate the inspirational people and projects making city, county and municipal governments more efficient and effective. The LocalSmart Awards honor the individuals and work that transform local government and make a difference in residents’ lives. Recipients were chosen in categories for city and county leadership, IT leadership, cybersecurity and innovative projects. See all the winners.


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Re-envision network security with an ‘inverted’ perimeter

The pandemic forced state and local IT leaders to fast-track security, cloud and digital transformation priorities. However, the collection of agency security tools that protect the physical enterprise and networks no longer align with the needs for a remote workforce. With the bulk of work increasingly flowing outside traditional enterprise security barriers, agency leaders need to rethink network security paradigms. Read more in the StateScoop report.


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