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MS-ISAC at 10K

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the organization through which state and local governments trade tips and get guidance on cybersecurity, recently enrolled its 10,000th member since its 2004 creation. The milestone comes as the Center for Internet Security, the Upstate New York nonprofit that runs the MS-ISAC, marks its 20th anniversary. “The pitch is we’re all in this together,” Mike Alperti, the ISAC’s senior director, told StateScoop. Going forward, the group plans to keep growing by adding more small, local government agencies. Benjamin Freed reports.

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How to broadband better

To meet an urgent need for broadband connectivity by the end of the pandemic, states need to balance short-term fixes, existing infrastructure and partnerships with long-term investment, the National Governors Association said in a report published last Friday. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the reality that many aspects of modern-day life, including commerce, health care, education and social activity, are dependent on connectivity,” the report reads. Ryan Johnston has details.

When the web host gets taken out

Several state and local government agencies around the United States had their web presences taken out last week following a ransomware attack against a web hosting provider the agencies share. The provider, Managed.com, was targeted with the REvil malware, and responded by deactivating its entire web-hosting infrastructure. And while a handful of county governments that use the vendor were forced offline, officials in those places say they were not directly impacted by the ransomware. Ben has more.

Connecting New Yorkers to pandemic services

New York State last week launched a new web application designed to connect residents with social services including unemployment benefits, food assistance and rent and mortgage relief. The “Find Services” web app was developed by the state Office of Information Technology, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and a group of 10 Google engineers. It's another product of the state's "Technology SWAT Team" program, which recruits tech-industry volunteers to aid the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about the app.

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