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04/01/2022
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The 'strain' continues

An FBI advisory published Wednesday noted that local governments trailed only schools as favorite targets for ransomware last year, and that the threat continues to evolve as ransomware outfits update their tactics. “These types of attacks can have significant repercussions for local communities by straining financial and operational resources and putting residents at risk for further exploitation,” the bulletin reads. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Boston staffs up

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu this week named a new CIO and chief digital officer. Wu named Santiago Garces, who’s been the CIO of South Bend, Indiana, and Pittsburgh, as her new tech chief, while Julia Gutierrez, a veteran of the Massachusetts Digital Service, will lead the city's digital operations. Colin Wood had the story.


The burnout 'floodgate'

One of the rising cybersecurity threats higher education business leaders face is preventing talent from burning out or leaving for the private sector, Kim Milford, executive director of the Research and Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center, said during a Scoop News Group event this week. There’s a known “floodgate” to industry from higher ed, which Milford said can leave universities without critical security professionals. Emily Bamforth has more on EdScoop.


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