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New York wrote itself an IoT strategy

New York City recently published a 78-page guide outlining how the city can equitably and safely adopt emerging “internet of things” technologies over the next several years. The document is partly an assessment of the city’s current IoT landscape and partly a list of short-term recommendations to ensure that future technologies treat the public fairly once they’re put to use. “Some of this is addressing what’s been on the city’s radar for a number of years,” said the director of smart cities and the IoT lab in the office of the city's chief technology officer. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Is Congress going to act on ransomware?

With the epidemic of digital extortion showing no signs of abating, evidence is mounting that the next two years could bring a more concerted push in Congress for legislation aimed at tackling ransomware, CyberScoop's Tim Starks reports. “I think it will be a focus because essentially every congressional district has had some kind of ransomware incident, whether public or not,” said Michael Garcia, a senior policy adviser at the think tank Third Way. “Just look at the number of hospitals getting hit, of schools being hit.” Despite 11 different cybersecurity bills that mentioned ransomware in the last Congress, just one — the mammoth defense policy bill — was signed into law. Read more on CyberScoop.

.gov moving to its new home

Following the inclusion of the DOTGOV Act in the massive federal spending bill at the end of 2020, CISA is preparing to take control of the .gov top-level domain from the General Services Administration. The changeover, which will happen next month, is the first step in implementing the law designed to make it easier for state and local governments to get on the TLD, which is more secure than the .com and .org domains many public-sector organization still use. But CISA is still figuring out how to lower the costs for migrating to .gov. FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir has the story.

UT San Antonio gets CISA grant to develop high-value asset cybersecurity

CISA on Monday announced a $1.2 million grant to a think tank at the University of Texas at San Antonio that will launch a pilot program to help state and local governments improve the cyber defenses of their most critical IT systems. Using the grant, the school's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security will adapt 2018 DHS guidance for high-value assets at the federal level to meet the needs of state and local agencies. “We’re looking at all the way from rural most small town, and how does the guidance fit them and benefit them, to the most robust state," said Natalie Sjelin, the center's associate director of training programs. Benjamin Freed reports.

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