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Ann Dunkin calls it quits in Santa Clara

Ann Dunkin, who has served as chief information officer for Santa Clara County, California, for the last three years, will step down next month, she told StateScoop Tuesday. Dunkin, who's also served as CIO of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is taking a roll with Dell focused on state and local government markets in the western United States. In an interview, Dunkin recalled the challenges of consolidating the county's IT workforce, reclassifying dozens of job descriptions and integrating the systems of a pair of hospitals the county purchased. Her first day with Dell will be Feb. 24. Colin Wood reports.

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NYC picks cybersecurity challenge winners

Three companies were on Tuesday selected as winners in a New York City competition designed to promote the development of affordable, cutting-edge cybersecurity tools for small businesses. The competition, called the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge, was launched last October as a way to provide cybersecurity solutions to New York’s 240,000 small and midsize businesses that lack the financial, physical or educational resources to protect themselves against cybercrime. The winners, which focus on services like endpoint detection, anti-phishing measures and cyber insurance, will get spots at Hub.NYC, the startup accelerator the city is building with an Israeli venture-capital firm. Ryan Johnston has more.

USC to hold election cybersecurity events in every state

The University of Southern California announced Monday that it is launching a 50-state series of election cybersecurity conferences, aimed at helping election officials, campaign workers and elected officials brush up on their online habits by Election Day. The goal, said Justin Griffin, the managing director of the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative, is to promote the best cybersecurity practices to several different audiences involved in the democratic process. The first event was held Tuesday, in Columbia, Maryland, with speakers from the Defense Department and National Security Agency, as well as USC's own experts. Benjamin Freed reports.

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