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Where the National Guard is deploying for cyber

Governors across the country have called up their states’ National Guard units to provide cybersecurity support in response ransomware attacks, elections and other events at least 41 times since 2018, according to research this week from the think tank Third Way. Since February 2018 — when the Colorado National Guard was deployed to aid the response to a ransomware incident affecting the state’s transportation agency — units in 26 other states have been activated dozens of times. Nearly all the deployments have been either in response to ransomware incidents or to help support election security. Benjamin Freed has more.

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A test site for Cyclones

The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are spending $8 million to build a rural broadband testing site in Ames, Iowa, that both industry engineers and researchers from Iowa State University plan to use for developing wireless technologies and piloting rural connectivity strategies, like internet signals beamed from low-Earth orbit satellites. The network, which will be built throughout the college town, will also include surrounding farms and communities in its broadband testing, according to US Ignite, the NSF-led technology nonprofit that announced the project on Tuesday. Ryan Johnston reports.

State and local officials tell Senate they 'really need' cyber grants

During a Senate hearing last week, state and local officials from around the country said they "really need" a dedicated cybersecurity grant program, as the increasing costs of protecting networks competes with other security and emergency preparedness needs. Durham, North Carolina, Mayor Steve Schewel said his city spends $900,000 annually on IT security, and that smaller neighbors are even more strapped. Ben was there.

StateScoop 50 cybersecurity winners share post-pandemic challenges

COVID-19 revealed many of state government’s cybersecurity pitfalls, but it also led to government workers becoming more sensitive to cyber risks and more engaged with their agencies’ security initiatives. In a series of interviews, StateScoop 50 Cybersecurity Leadership of the Year winners share some of what they learned from the pandemic, the ongoing risks of ransomware and supply-chain attacks and what government leaders need to do to meet a growing threat landscape. Read their responses.

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