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03/11/2021
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Nevada's CIO has some things to say

Nevada’s IT capabilities are six to eight years behind those of other states, state CIO Alan Cunningham told StateScoop. In a wide-ranging interview, Cunningham, who joined the state government last August, said he's been stymied by budget shortfalls, financial waste, a culture that doesn’t encourage cross-department collaboration and a federated IT model that creates redundancies. “The duplication and wastage of time, energy — which we all know equals money — is insane," he said. Colin Wood reports.


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Cyberattacks against K-12 schools rose 18% in 2020

The number of publicly disclosed cybersecurity incidents affecting K-12 school systems rose by 18% in 2020 over the previous year, according to a report yesterday by the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center and the K12 Security Information Exchange. While ransomware only accounted for 12% of the 408 incidents the groups counted, those attacks became more nefarious, as hackers threatened to (or actually did) dump victims' data on the internet, upped their demands and even caused classes to be canceled. The report also cites a growing pattern of compromises of edtech vendors. Benjamin Freed has details.


The boost is coming

The House yesterday approved the final version of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, and with President Biden scheduled to sign it Friday, state and local governments are poised to see a surge of new funding that will help them pay for their operations, including IT functions that’ve been stretched by the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan includes $350 billion in direct aid for state, local, tribal and territorial funding, which governments will be able to use more flexibly than money in last year's CARES Act. There's also $7 billion for an FCC emergency connectivity fund that'll bring internet access to students in remote learning settings. Ben has this one, too.


Miami plans to build vertical airports for flying taxis by 2024

Electric aircraft maker Archer announced plans on Tuesday to launch a network of flying taxis throughout Miami by 2024, just weeks after signing a similar deal with the city of Los Angeles. While the company, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and which has so far only flown its “urban electric jets” in test environments, it struck Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, whose plan to allow city employees to be paid in bitcoin was recently rejected, as an appealing partner. Ryan Johnston has more.


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