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07/22/2021
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Now California spends big on broadband

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $6 billion broadband expansion bill on Tuesday with the intent of providing high-speed internet access to 98% of the state’s homes and businesses over the next several years. Of that sum, $2 billion is marked for last-mile infrastructure in both rural and urban regions of the state, while $3.25 billion is to be set aside for building and maintaining an open access, state-owned middle-mile fiber network. The state will also hire a "broadband czar" to oversee the expansion. Ryan Johnston reports.


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All you can eat

Cybersecurity and IT officials yesterday likened the challenge of securing cloud operations to a Las Vegas casino buffet, noting the growing numbers of steps required to secure an environment and tools available to get the job done.  “It’s like you’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet, except you get full fast,” Sol Bermann, the chief information security officer at the University of Michigan, said during an online conference hosted by the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. But Las Vegas CIO Michael Sherwood noted an organization’s appetite for a bottomless feast of cloud security may only be as great as its maturity. “We have multiple clouds we’re using. When you start adding on-prem, hybrid, all the different logs and frameworks, the chances for error multiply," he said. Benjamin Freed serves it up.


Ransomware has a help desk

In a series of ransomware payment negotiations last December, operatives from a gang known as “Egregor” alternated from treating their victims with surprising civility, and behaving like cartoonish movie villains, according to more than 100 pages of chat logs between ransomware operators and their victims obtained by IBM Security X-Force and reviewed by CyberScoop. In one message, Egregor actors could offer greetings of "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," while in the next threatening to put victims "in the category of scarecrows on our news site." The chats show how victims could negotiate successfully, and offer a window into how ransomware operations work. Tim Starks has more on CyberScoop.


Utah names first government operations privacy officer

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox appointed Christopher Bramwell, formerly a privacy director of the state’s human services department, as the privacy officer for the Department of Government Operations, a new role created this year as the state seeks to further protect residents’ data from cyberattacks and accidental exposure. Bramwell will be tasked with compiling information about the privacy practices used by the state’s various executive agencies and identifying those that pose the greatest risk to potentially exposing residents’ private information. He’ll also work with a new 12-member privacy oversight commission and the state privacy officer, another new role that has yet to be filled. Colin Wood has details.


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