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06/08/2021
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N.C. risk officer Maria Thompson departs

North Carolina’s top cybersecurity official, Maria Thompson, stepped down from state government last Friday after six-and-a-half years as its chief risk officer. Thompson, who was hired to the position in 2015, accepted a private-sector role, the North Carolina Department of Information Technology said. As chief risk officer, Thompson often advocated for a “whole-of-state” mentality in protecting securing IT and infrastructural assets, an approach that resulted in closer collaboration not just between agencies in Raleigh, but with local governments and the education and private sectors. She also worked to expand opportunities for women and people of color in IT and related fields, especially in the public sector. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Changes in New Jersey, too

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy last Friday said that Laurie Doran, a former CIA agent, will serve as the acting director of the state’s Office of Homeland Security Policy, following the departure of longtime homeland security chief Jared Maples, who started yesterday as the NHL's chief security officer. In addition to traditional functions like counterterrorism and emergency preparedness, New Jersey’s homeland security office counts cybersecurity among its core missions, a rarity among states, most of which make it part of the broader IT operation. Ben has more.


Calif. city didn't disclose ransomware payment

Officials in Azusa, California, didn’t disclose a 2018 ransomware payment for more than two years after its insurer covered the $65,000, cost, the city manager acknowledged amid yet another ransomware attack on the city. The manager, Sergio Gonzalez, told CyberScoop's Tim Starks that other local governments and other relevant parties were notified of the incident, in accordance with state laws. “There was nothing that we hid,” he said. “You don’t call your car insurance company and say, ‘I almost got into a car accident.'” In March, the city was hit again, but the insurer, Chubb, has not paid the latest bounty. Read more on CyberScoop.


Apple wants in on digital licenses

Digital driver’s licenses could become a standard feature for iPhone owners in certain states, including the ability to present the IDs at TSA checkpoints, Apple announced yesterday during its Worldwide Developers Conference. While more than a dozen states and D.C. have launched or proposed digital license apps of their own, Apple aims to replicate state-issued IDs in its Wallet app, which also stores credit cards, concert tickets and transit passes. The company said the feature will be made available in "participating states" following an update to iOS later this year, though it did not say which states are involved. Ben has this one too.


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