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Minnesota CISO Aaron Call steps down

Aaron Call, Minnesota’s statewide chief information security officer for the past two years, stepped down last Friday, Dec. 20, officials said. Appointed to the position in 2017, Call was responsible for establishing the state's security operations center, and frequently pressed lawmakers to increase Minnesota's cybersecurity funding. He resigned to become the CISO for WPS Health Solutions, a major insurance carrier in the Midwest. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Who wants to be a 'Network Specialist II'?

Competing with the private sector for top technology talent is tough for state governments, but doubly so when the names and definitions of their job titles have been outdated for years. Mississippi is currently revamping its IT job classifications to reflect the technological advancements of industry and within the government itself, state Chief Information Officer Craig Orgeron told StateScoop recently. Watch the interview.

A smart-city slowdown?

Officials from Kansas City, Missouri, once touted their development of a 54-block downtown corridor where every street corner was rigged with modern lighting, environmental sensors and traffic cameras. But Kansas City's recently elected mayor has decided to do away with the chief innovation officer who led these "smart-city" projects in favor of a 12-member advisory board that may take a more measured approach to new civic-tech initiatives. Ryan Johnston reports.

Ransomware hackers publish city's files

The so-called Maze Group behind the recent ransomware attack on Pensacola, Florida, upped their pressure on the city to pay a $1 million demand this week by posting two gigabytes of municipal documents on a website on which the hackers have been outing their victims. Pensacola officials have said they are not paying a ransom, but that they are offering free identity-protection to as many as 60,000 residents, employees and retirees whose information may appear in the stolen files. Ben has more.

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