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Another state CISO joins DHS

Alaska’s chief information security officer, Mark Breunig, recently took a new position as a cybersecurity adviser with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The move, which happened last month, according to his LinkedIn profile, came against the backdrop of two cyberattacks that affected Alaska’s court system and Department of Health and Social Services, the state’s lead agency responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of Breunig’s new job with the DHS were not immediately available, but the department also recently snagged South Dakota CISO Jim Edman to serve as one of its state cybersecurity advisers. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Ohio capital wants to get smarter

Columbus, Ohio’s, smart-city lab will find new life as a more “flexible and nimble” innovation-focused nonprofit following the city’s completion of its five-year, $40 million grant program from the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this year. The program, which had been funded by federal grants and outside philanthropies, will be converted into a nonprofit called "Smart Columbus 2.0," said Mandy Bishop, the program manager. Ryan Johnston has details.


Enhancing cloud security to enable digital transformation

The State of Oklahoma has taken multiple steps to improve state agency IT services by accelerating the use of cloud services. But that’s also introduced new security issues. Oklahoma State CISO Matt Singleton discusses some of the strategies he’s taken to narrow the security gaps. He’s joined by Splunk Chief Strategy Advisor Juliana Vida in this executive panel discussion, where she shares her observations on how to make hybrid cloud environments more secure. Watch the full discussion.

Irish health hackers hit Tulsa

Citations and internal police department files from the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma are circulating on cybercriminal marketplaces after a ransomware incident in which hackers stole some 18,000 files, city officials said last week. A notice posted on a municipal website on June 22 warns that residents’ data including names, birth dates and driver’s license numbers is accessible to scammers following a hack carried out by the Conti ransomware gang, the same group responsible for a recent attack that crippled Ireland's national health service. Jeff Stone has more on CyberScoop.


How federal and state agencies are meeting the mission with AI

The past year has been a testbed for AI innovation in the public sector as agencies helped people remotely and responded to the public health crisis. Technology evangelist Alexis Bonnell shares some of the stories that stood out to her the most over this time, and recounts how she helped leaders break down myths around AI as they embarked on a journey to evaluate and implement new capabilities. Listen to the full conversation.

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