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Microsoft app tool sprung a leak

The exposure of a COVID-19 contact-tracing database in Indiana that <a href="https://preprod.statescoop.com/indiana-upguard-covid19-data-leak/">sparked a row</a> between state officials and a cybersecurity company was part of a broader issue connected to a Microsoft app-development tool that exposed tens of millions of records containing personal information from a range of large government and corporate entities, according new research today from UpGuard. The cybersecurity firm found that organizations using Power Apps, a low-code development platform, were susceptible to a default configuration that made their data sets findable by search engines or anyone with knowledge of the web address. Along with Indiana, the company found data leaks coming from Maryland, New York City, American Airlines and the Ford Motor Company. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Risky business

A biennial report released last Thursday by California State Auditor Elaine Howle found that the California Department of Technology continues to be a “high-risk state agency.” Howle found two “high-risk” concerns with CDT, revolve around its governance structures for large, complex IT projects, which have frequently spiraled past their initial budgets and timelines. The auditor's report also noted several “weaknesses” in the state’s overall information security practices. Colin Wood has more.

Ransomware changed the insurance game

CEOs of major insurance giants AIG and Chubb remarked in recent weeks about a considerable jump in cyber insurance premium prices, which both executives attributed to the evolution of ransomware into a threat that now accounts for 75% of all cyber insurance claims, CyberScoop's Tim Starks reports. One North Carolina school board, for example, recently approved $22,318 for one year of cyber liability insurance — up from last year’s cost of $6,653, or a 235% jump. And with claims outpacing premiums, profitability could suffer, only triggering more rate hikes. “This is our crisis moment," said Michael Phillips, chief claims officer for Resilience. Read more on CyberScoop.

Arizona city will let college students hack it

The City of Sierra Vista, Arizona, announced last Friday an agreement with the University of Arizona and Social-Engineer, a Florida cybersecurity training and services company, to give students and city staff real-world experience in understanding cyberattacks. “Real attacks can be costly, time-consuming, and difficult to repair. This partnership will not only save the City money but will make all of our employees much more secure," Sierra Vista CIO Abe Rubio said. Ryan Johnston has details.

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