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Another Florida makeover

Florida lawmakers are close to approving legislation that will overhaul the state’s cybersecurity governance at a time it’s dealing with the fallout of incidents like the hack of a local water treatment facility and a potentially costly ransomware attack against one of its biggest school districts. The bill, which has already cleared several committees, would add more cybersecurity duties to the Florida Digital Service, the agency that was created last year when the state underwent one of its frequent IT overhauls. Lawmakers also want to increase cyber spending by $31 million, but that's contingent on the amount of federal pandemic relief the state receives. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Biden picks a CISA chief

President Joe Biden plans to nominate Jen Easterly, a former NSA official and current head of Morgan Stanley's fusion center, as the next director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the White House said yesterday. If confirmed, Easterly will have to deal with the scourge of ransomware that has afflicted state and local government networks, and that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has charged CISA with addressing. Read more on CyberScoop.

Accellion breaches continue to mount up

University of Colorado officials last Friday said that the extent of the breach of Accellion’s file-transfer application on its community was far greater than initially reported, with more than 300,000 records, including some Social Security numbers, exposed in the incident. While only a few Social Security numbers were exposed, the university said, the other data included academic records, medical histories and race and ethnicity profiles. The school is in the process of notifying people affected by the breach, and is setting up a dedicated call center. Ben has more on EdScoop.

Seattle CISO announces retirement

Andrew Cushman, Seattle’s citywide chief information security officer since 2019, announced last week that he plans to retire later this year. Cushman wrote last week that he's currently recruiting a replacement, who'll take over in the third quarter of this year. Prior to joining the city government, Cushman spent nearly two decades at Microsoft, including several years as a cybersecurity director for its video-messaging subsidiary Skype. Help wanted.

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