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Kansas City, Missouri, lowers emphasis on 'smart city' projects

Kansas City, Missouri will eliminate the position of chief innovation officer following the departure of Alex Braszko, who currently holds the position, at the end of this month. In Braszko's place, Mayor Quinton Lucas will opt to guide future technology investments in one of the country's "smartest" cities through a 12-person public board. According to Braszko, who helped construct the board, the move will reduce the city's pursuit of smart-city projects and place more responsibility for connected infrastructure maintenance and data collection on city agencies. Ryan Johnston has the scoop.

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Want an Indiana IT job? No degree required.

A new workforce-development program that the Indiana Office of Technology is participating in will allow groups of students and mid-career professionals to get paid as a state IT employee while they train to learn the requisite skills. The State Earn And Learn, or SEAL, program, is aimed at helping the Indiana tech agency recruit new people who demonstrate a capacity to learn the skills the state needs most, even if they don't possess the academic pedigrees ordinarily required. Colin Wood reports.

Alabama CISO Ryan Allen resigns for hospital role

Alabama Chief Information Security Officer Ryan Allen resigned last Friday after a little more than two years with the state’s IT agency for a job as a vice president and top cybersecurity officer with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System. In an interview with StateScoop, Allen talked about the differences he'll face between protecting state-government systems with the technologies that power one of the country's biggest hospital networks. Benjamin Freed reports.

New Orleans latest apparent victim of Ryuk ransomware

A ransomware incident last week against the New Orleans city government likely involved the virus known as Ryuk, based on affected files examined by cybersecurity researchers. Ryuk, which has been linked to a Russian criminal group, has been one of the most pernicious forms of ransomware since it first surfaced in October 2018, and has elicited six-figure payouts from several of its victims. New Orleans officials said this week they are restoring their systems from offline backups, and are gradually reopening municipal agencies that had to close because of the latest Ryuk attack. Ben has more.

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