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Tyler grows again

Government IT vendor Tyler Technologies, which recently purchased rival NIC Inc. for $2.3 billion, just added two more subsidiaries to its portfolio. Yesterday, Tyler announced it bought ReadySub, a maker of software that tracks teacher absences and schedules substitute instructors, an already tricky task for school districts made more difficult by the pandemic. That followed its acquisition last week of DataSpec, a Michigan-based publisher of software for managing veterans’ claims to both state agencies and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, boosting Tyler's growing federal division. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Work from anywhere under the Big Sky

As vaccines are doled out with increasing frequency across the country, remote work isn’t going away, Montana Chief Technology Officer Matt Van Syckle said during a virtual conference on Monday. Instead, he said, state agencies should consider adopting a “work-from-anywhere” policy with their employees to take control of what will now be an “ever-evolving” work environment. “The work-from-home strategy, we tried to approach it as a work-from-anywhere strategy, and I think it’s going to bode well for the future of state government here in Montana,” he said during the event hosted by VMware. Ryan Johnston has details.

Lawmakers ask Cardona to address K-12 cybersecurity threats

Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Doris Matsui of California last week asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to take actions to help K-12 school districts invest in cybersecurity measures to improve their defenses against ransomware, phishing and other threats that continue to target the education sector. In a letter, Langevin and Matsui asked Cardona to issue “immediate guidance” clarifying that school districts can use the federal funding provided in multiple rounds of coronavirus relief legislation on security products. Ben has the story on EdScoop.

Well, this is great

Information belonging to approximately 533 million Facebook users has leaked online in recent days, a security researcher found, raising concerns about a spike in scams targeting vulnerable Facebook users. The data, which comes from people from over 100 countries, includes users’ phone numbers, email addresses, full names, birthdates and location, among other identifiers, includes 32 million records from U.S. users. Shannon Vavra has more on CyberScoop.

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