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CDT staffs up

California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week filled three top positions at the state Department of Technology, including a statewide chief technology officer and a deputy chief information officer. Russ Nichols, who had been the head of enterprise information services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will serve as the new deputy CIO, while longtime state IT official Liana Bailey-Crimmins is the new CTO. Additionally, Newsom also tapped former Google product manager Rick Klau as deputy director of the Office of Enterprise Technology, which develops technologies used internally by state government. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Well, this is unsettling

A regular user of illicit online marketplaces with a track record of selling stolen credentials that can be used to access government, university and corporate networks is attempting to sell access to systems belonging to a large city in Arizona, the cybersecurity intelligence firm GroupSense told StateScoop. The user, believed to be based in either Russia or Ukraine, wants $30,000 for access to a VPN portal hosted on the city’s .gov domain, which would grant access to local internal network resources and enable the buyer to carry out spearphishing efforts to lay groundwork for ransomware or another type of cyberattack. While GroupSense has ruled out Phoenix as the city in question, it's still big enough to contain an airport, court system and an array of utility agencies. Ben explains what's going on.

Los Angeles should 'thrive' in pandemic recovery, CIO says

Los Angeles has moved more services online than ever before to meet the needs of residents during the coronavirus pandemic, but city Chief Information Officer Ted Ross said yesterday that the coming months will be equally vital to the city’s digital government efforts. “We want 2021 to be a year in which we thrive and not just survive," he said during an online conference. “[The city developed] a whole series of digital services that previously didn’t exist,” Ross said. Ryan Johnston has more.

Fix your traffic-signal timers

A recent study of roughly two-thirds of the country’s traffic signals by the transportation research firm Inrix found that Americans spend about 17.25 million hours waiting for poorly timed signals every day. Researchers found that nearly 7% of all car rides are spent waiting for the light to change, and that poor signal timing was responsible for at least 10% of total traffic delay time, double the rate in a commonly cited 2004 Federal Highway Administration report — and there's evidence that the real rate is closer to 25%, Inrix reported. Read this after your commute.


Using modern authentication controls to mitigate fraud risks

In the rush to support cloud services through the pandemic, state and local agencies are more vulnerable to fraud and security risks. The minute money comes into play, instances of fraud go up. The successful distribution of funds during this crisis will depend, in part, on strong identity authentication tools says Okta’s Rob Forbes. He explores identity authentication tools that mitigate fraud risk. Listen to the full discussion.

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