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A cash infusion to stop UI fraud

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said last week the federal government will give states $240 million to help modernize their unemployment insurance systems in an attempt to reduce the fraudulent activity that ran rampant during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Labor Department noted that emergency assistance programs helped U.S. workers through the crisis and injected nearly $800 billion into the economy, those programs also “exposed longstanding challenges” with unemployment systems. The department’s inspector general estimates that nationwide, states have paid out at least $87 billion in phony claims since the start of the pandemic, though outside assessments have run as high as $400 billion. Benjamin Freed reports.

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A home-grown street view

In an interview with StateScoop last week, Detroit Chief Information Officer Art Thompson gave an update on the city's Detroit Street View initiative, which is using a sprinter van equipped with lidar sensors to map every block in town. But unlike the Google product with which this project takes its name, Thompson said Detroit is sharing the underlying geospatial data with the public in hopes of cultivating more data-fluent residents. “We’re doing this to try to increase transparency and digital equity so that people have the opportunity to take this data and do something with it,” he said. Ryan Johnston had the story.

It's got 'Nightmare' in the name

The so-called PrintNightmare vulnerability in Microsoft software is turning into a dream for ransomware gangs, CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas reports. Security researchers issued multiple warnings that extortionists exploited the critical flaw in an attempt to lock files and shake down victims, showing how, more than a month after Microsoft disclosed the bug and urged users to update their software, a new round of exploitation by multiple groups is under way against vulnerable organizations. Read more and patch your systems.


Mastering access privileges at scale

While modern identity and authentication platforms are pivotal to establishing zero-trust IT environments, so is another under-appreciated dimension: the need to manage, maintain and sustain privileged access policies and controls. Cybersecurity experts from CyberArk and Deloitte talk about the importance of developing a long-term view — and how to operationalize — privileged access controls at public sector agencies and institutions. Watch the on-demand video panel.

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