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05/20/2021
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Wyoming CIO quits amid data flap

Wyoming Chief Information Officer Gordon Knopp stepped down Tuesday amid the exposure of personal information collected from thousands of residents who had been tested for the coronavirus, Gov. Mark Gordon announced. Knopp, who was appointed to the Cabinet-level position in 2019, resigned alongside Wyoming Department of Health Director Mike Ceballos. The Wyoming Department of Health had acknowledged April 27 that as early as last November, a public health employee unintentionally posted 53 files containing state residents’ information — collected from COVID-19 and influenza screenings, as well as some breath alcohol tests — on public and private servers hosted by GitHub, the online code repository. Benjamin Freed has more.


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Helping on cyber, from Hub to hamlet

Officials from Massachusetts said Wednesday they try to remain in near-constant contact with their local counterparts on matters of cybersecurity, a relationship that became even more vital during the COVID-19 pandemic as cities and towns stared down the necessities of digital services and online education. “What we really believe is that all of us should be working together,” commonwealth CIO Curtis Wood said during the RSA Conference. "It’s not just the IT guy or IT gal, it’s about ownership. It’s everyone’s responsibility at the municipal and state level." Ben has details.


Virginia now tracking health equity

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday a pair of digital dashboards tracking the commonwealth’s public health equity and COVID-19 pandemic response. One dashboard showcases which counties in the commonwealth have received the most personal protective equipment and how the state’s unemployment, food and Medicaid programs have expanded over the past year. The other offers a glance at health equity, including metrics like per capita income, educational attainment and access to food, broadband and housing. Ryan Johnston has details.


Don't blame the interns next time

SolarWinds saw signs of hackers invading their networks as early as January of 2019, about eight months earlier than the previously publicly disclosed timeline for the sweeping cyber-espionage campaign, and nearly two years before anyone discovered the breach, the company's CEO, Sudhakar Ramakrishna, revealed yesterday during an RSA Conference address. “As we look back, they were doing very early [reconnaissance] activities in January of 2019,” he said of the alleged Russian government-connected hackers behind the effort. He also apologized for congressional testimony in February, when he and the former SolarWinds CEO blamed an intern for a password security lapse.   Tim Starks has the story for CyberScoop.


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