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04/21/2022
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Critical infrastructure keeping CISOs up

In the extended universe of cyber threats, ransomware is familiar and even predictable at this point. It's growing threats against critical infrastructure, especially since the onset of the war in Ukraine, that's keeping officials up at night, a group of state CISOs said during an online event yesterday. "No one’s 100% sure where the line’s going to be," Virginia CISO Michael Watson said. "We’re doing our best to make sure we’re prepared. But there’s a wait-and-see on how far this goes." Benjamin Freed reports.


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Ex-Washington CISO's new job

Former Washington CISO Vinod Brahmapuram has taken a job with the telecommunications firm Lumen Technologies, the company said. Brahmapuram, who left the Washington Office of Cybersecurity last month after two-and-a-half years with the state, is now heading up security business development for Lumen’s state, local and education practice. Ben has more.


Driving innovation in the hub of Silicon Valley

On this week's episode of the Priorities podcast, San Jose, California, Chief Innovation Officer Clay Garner explains how he’s trying address digital equity and emerging tech in the heart of Silicon Valley. Garner says his top priorities are bridging the digital divide, thinking about how technology can improve public safety and embrace new technologies for traffic safety and transportation. Listen to the latest episode.


Ransomware on the farm?

The FBI yesterday alerted food and agriculture companies to be prepared for ransomware operatives to potentially attack during planting and harvest seasons — a time frame the feds warned is when the sector at its most vulnerable, including now as the spring planting season gets underway. The notice read that hackers are bent on "negatively impacting the food supply chain,” referencing ransomware attacks against six grain cooperatives during the fall 2021 harvest and two more incidents that could disrupt seed and fertilizer. Suzanne Smalley has the story on CyberScoop.


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