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CISA issues warning for schools

More than half of all ransomware attacks against state and local government entities reported over the past few months have targeted K-12 school systems, CISA said in an alert released yesterday. According to the advisory, 57% of ransomware incidents reported to the MS-ISAC in August and September affected school districts, compared to 28% in the first seven months of the year. Meanwhile, the agency is also warning educators to be wary of other attacks, including command-and-control malware, DDoS incidents and "Zoombombing" as remote education continues due to the pandemic. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Vaccination will require trust and tech

To distribute COVID-19 vaccines efficiently, governors should invest in data-management systems and mapping technologies, as well as build trust with traditionally underserved communities, according to a report published Wednesday by the National Governors Association. But New Jersey Chief Technology Officer Chris Rein, who has helped New Jersey implement a new system for its vaccination program, told StateScoop that trust between the public and government, not technology, will likely be the “overarching factor." Ryan Johnston has details.

Nine government tech stories that made 2020

Government IT leaders have known for years that the mainframes, data centers and tangled web of applications they oversee were in dire need of increased attention and funding. Now, nine months into a pandemic, everyone knows it. The public turned to government in record numbers this year for unemployment assistance, health care and guidance on how to navigate the health crisis. Here are just nine examples, part of a year-end special report. Colin Wood breaks it down.

New York has a new CIO

Angelo “Tony” Riddick, the former chief information officer for the U.S. Virgin Islands, has been hired as the top IT official in New York State, he announced on his LinkedIn page. State government officials declined to comment on Riddick's LinkedIn post, but Riddick, a retired Army colonel, will replace Jeremy Goldberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deputy secretary of technology, who had also been serving as interim CIO since December 2019. Ben has more.

ICYMI: Priorities!

NASCIO this week published its annual list of state CIO priorities for the new year. Cybersecurity topped the list for the eighth year running, but the rest of the list saw many familiar items shaken up by the COVID-19 crisis' impact on government IT. Broadband shot up five places compared to last year, while financial management brought on by the pandemic's economic fallout also crept up the list. See the full list.

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