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Good cyber = good credit

Local governments and school districts are falling behind state governments and large transit agencies when it comes to cybersecurity preparedness, according to a report published Thursday by Moody’s Investors Service. And greater vulnerabilities to threats like ransomware, business email compromise and other attacks can have the effect of weakening those organizations’ creditworthiness in the eyes of lenders. “Weak security planning, lax risk prevention or poor response and recovery readiness leave entities vulnerable to attack and are a credit weakness," read the report, which was based off a survey of 122 public-sector entities. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Progressives officials in for broadband

A Washington, D.C., progressive nonprofit is convening a group of elected state and local officials from around the country, including San Jose, California, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, to figure out what’s preventing citizens from accessing broadband and what can be done about it. The group was formed, at least in part, to raise the political will to scale solutions that already exist for closing the digital divide, Gilchrist said.  “There certainly have been solutions identified. I think what’s been missing is the political will to make them happen,” he told StateScoop. Ryan Johnston has the story.

This isn't encouraging...

The FBI tracked at least 16 Conti ransomware attacks that struck U.S. health care and first-responder networks within the last year, the bureau said in an alert last week. That accounting only factors in attacks in the past year, and incidents that the FBI itself identified. In all, the alert said Conti has hit 400 organizations, nearly 300 of which were in the U.S. The recent first responder victims include law 9-1-1 dispatch centers, emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies and municipalities, the FBI said. Tim Starks reports for CyberScoop.

'I think we are in a new era'

During a panel at last week's RSA Conference, Lester Godsey, the CISO for Maricopa County, Arizona, which is arguably ground zero for disinformation about the 2020 election right now, said the amount of mistruths and lies intended to erode public trust in elections and government requires a new response from officials like himself. “Social media disinformation and misinformation was a game changer for us,” Godsey said. “From a government perspective moving forward, any cybersecurity team should be adding this to their portfolio of services. I think we are in a new era of additional threats and risks.” Ben has more.

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