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Bump up for the MS-ISAC

A $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill President Biden signed last Friday included an $11 million increase in funding for the MS-ISAC. John Gilligan, CEO of the Center for Internet Security, the Upstate New York nonprofit that runs the ISAC, told StateScoop the additional money will allow the organization to expand the technical services it provides to state and local governments. Benjamin Freed reports.

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How to tell if data is paying off

When elected officials tout the achievements of their data programs, they often frame it in terms of dollars saved or waste reduced. But evaluating the success of a data program is more complicated than that. “It’s very difficult to measure, to attach any value,” said former Virginia CDO Carlos Rivero, who oversaw a data operation that aimed to reduce opioid overdoses in the commonwealth. Ben had the story.

Cybercrime rifts abroad raise threats at home

The Russian war on Ukraine’s impact on the cybercrime underground is starting to become clearer, with the fallout having significant implications for cyberattack targeting and an increased threat to Western nations’ critical infrastructure, according to research published this morning by Accenture. The findings document how “previously coexisting, financially motivated threat actors [are dividing] along ideological factions.” AJ Vicens reports for CyberScoop.


Enhancing cyber posture with limited resources and budget

Securing remote access and protecting data while providing enhanced services to citizens and students are top priorities for SLED leaders. On top of that, the increase in ransomware attacks is pushing organizations to invest in more advanced strategies to strengthen their cyber posture. However, limited resources and budget dollars continue to debilitate plans—a new white paper details how organizations can improve security efficiently and cost-effectively. Learn more in the white paper.

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