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The 2020 StateScoop 50 Awards

Scoop News Group, StateScoop’s parent company, announced on Thursday the winners of the 2020 StateScoop 50 Awards. Presented for its seventh year, the StateScoop 50 awards honor the projects and people driving state government technology and cybersecurity. Members of the state and local IT community nominated thousands of leaders and projects for the awards. Between March and June, readers cast more than 2 million votes among 182 finalists. The winners represent more than a dozen states and eight companies, ranging from elected officials like Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to young up-and-coming professionals. Meet all the winners.

A Message From AWS Educate

With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

San Antonio research group to look at public health and environment

San Antonio officials will host a public symposium next month to find experimental solutions for the city’s mobility, digital inclusion, health, public safety, housing and environmental challenges. Led by the city’s research and development program, called the R&D League, the two-day event will connect the general public with organizations throughout the city that are interested in performing data-driven or technology-focused projects to solve San Antonio’s challenges. Ryan Johnston has details.

When ransomware is truly despicable

Actors using the Maze ransomware have gone on a recent spree against large public school districts across the United States, just as students and teachers are returning to their mostly virtual learning environments. With victims including Fairfax County, Virginia; Clark County, Nevada; and Toledo, Ohio; school districts are being threatened with the release of stolen data unless they pay up. Ransomware is never a pleasant sight, but in the cybersecurity community, attacking schools is especially despicable. Katie Nickels, the director of intelligence at the information security firm Red Canary, said there's a “special place in hell for ransomware operators who attack hospitals or schools." Benjamin Freed reports.


Texas and New Jersey IT leaders praise benefits of RPA

Robotic process automation has become an essential tool to help agency employees keep up with unprecedented demands for citizen services, say agency IT leaders. Including automation and agility into state IT strategies have helped states implement proof of concept projects to gaining buy-in for RPA implementation. Hear more ways agencies are using RPA increase productivity. Listen to the conversation.

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