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Mayors get White House cyber meeting

As the Biden administration continues its attempt to push back against ransomware and other cyberthreats, a group of mayors from around the United States got a virtual briefing Tuesday from Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology. The meeting, which discussed the administration's anti-ransomware strategy, came against the backdrop of the latest big ransomware attack, against the software firm Kaseya, which was carried out by affiliates of the REvil gang, a familiar foe to many cities. Benjamin Freed reports.

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You thought it was bad before?

As the Virginia Employment Commission rushes to pay out claims after a federal class-action settlement, it continues to face challenges with its call center and an ongoing upgrade to its IT systems, a state auditor told lawmakers Tuesday. The state benefits agency, which was ordered in May to resolve 95% of its 92,000 unpaid claims by Sept. 6, is continuing to answer only “a small minority” of the new calls to its call center, said Lauren Axselle, a project leader for the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. Axselle said the agency's current response rate is even worse than a year ago, when it was inundated by the peak of pandemic-related claims. Colin Wood has more.


Seven ways to modernize a cyber defense program

As the complexity of cyberattacks continues to evolve, state and local agency leaders should consider a defense-in-depth approach to protect, prevent, detect, respond to and recover from external and internal attacks. A new industry guide from the Center for Internet Security highlights key capabilities that state agencies can implement to strengthen their cyber defense strategy. Read more from CIS.

Connecticut's new cyber incentive

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday signed legislation making the state the third to offer businesses a safe harbor on data security if they implement one of several sets of cybersecurity controls. The new law says companies in the state won’t receive “punitive damages” over a breach exposing residents’ personally identifiable information — including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, medical records and financial information — if they have a written cybersecurity policy that follows a recognized cybersecurity framework, like those published by NIST or the Center for Internet Security.   Ben has details.


How post-pandemic IT priorities are shifting

A new survey reveals how the current demands to work from anywhere — and longer term needs to accelerate hybrid cloud capabilities — are driving many organizations to realign their enterprise IT priorities. The study looked at investment priorities prior to the pandemic related to infrastructure, operational IT projects and cybersecurity — then compared those responses to those priorities now and over the next two years. We found some surprising results. Read more about the findings.

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