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Louisiana government hit with ransomware attack

An attempted ransomware attack Monday prompted Louisiana officials to deactivate servers for state agencies that include the office of Gov. John Bel Edwards, the state legislature, the Office of Motor Vehicles and the office of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. State officials said the incident, which involved the Ryuk malware, was similar to a July attack that targeted the state's public schools. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Kentucky's new governor to 'rein in' CIO's salary

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear plans to reduce the controversial $375,000 salary Gov. Matt Bevin gave to his CIO, Chuck Grindle, which Bevin had defended as a "steal," despite it being two-and-a-half times the median salary for a statewide IT chief. “We are certainly going to rein in that salary,” a person in Beshear’s office told StateScoop. Ben has the details.

Virginia builds new model for quantifying cybersecurity risk

Officials in Virginia have developed a unique quantitative risk model they say is allowing them to put precise dollar amounts on the IT risks facing the state. In just a few months of development, IT security officials and risk analysts say the tool has enabled adjustments to the state's cybersecurity insurance policies, with more to come as initial results are scheduled to be published early next year. Colin Wood has the full story.

‘30 percent’ of Illinois state IT workforce eligible to retire

In a video interview with StateScoop, Illinois Chief Information Officer Ron Guerrier says the IT workforce problem may be a common one for state government, but that doesn't make it any easier to solve. In his state, he says it's led to new partnerships with universities and other new measures of attracting talent to the public sector.   Watch the interview.

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