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CTF comes to North Dakota

The state of North Dakota next month will host a "capture the flag" cybersecurity competition for its high-school and college students interested in computer-science careers, Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley announced Friday. The CTF contest, as such exercises are known, will pit “attack” and “defense” teams of hackers against each other as they attempt to preserve or steal virtual flags — text files, images or folders — from their opponent. The competition is being run in conjunction with the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center, an educational and grant-funding cybersecurity center in Louisiana.   Colin Wood reports

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Rough cybersecurity audit for Kansas

More than half of the state agencies in Kansas to undergo recent audits failed to comply with information security standards and best practices. In a report published last week, the state government's top watchdog found that 11 of 19 agencies — including the University of Kansas system — fell short across a variety of standards required by state law, such as how frequently they installed security patches to their computer systems or developed incident response plans. Colin Wood has the details.

Sewer scanners, drone hives funded in latest Urban-X startup cohort

Urban technology startups that are using drones, computer vision-aided sewer robots and more to improve environmental and safety standards are getting some help from Urban-X, an incubator backed by the automaker Mini. Three of the seven companies included in this year’s cohort offer environmental solutions, including ChargeLab, an open-source electric vehicle charging station provider; MetalMark, which develops materials that remove pollution from the air; and Hades, a company that uses AI-powered computer vision to identify cracks, defects and blockages in sewers. Ryan has more.

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