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Swipe right for the workforce

As states look to rebuild their economies after the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, workforce development agencies should strive to build digital services with the same ease-of-use and familiarity as a streaming service or dating app, speakers said yesterday an AWS event in Washington. “We don’t have a choice,” said Scott Jensen the former director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. “If we don’t find talent for these employers, we’re just not going to be competitive in the world.” Jensen, who now leads the nonprofit group Research Improving People’s Lives, said his organization is helping states build digital platforms to help workers get back in the field, which he likened to "Tinder for jobs." Benjamin Freed reports.

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One more for the reconciliation wishlist

A group of six House Democrats wrote to congressional leaders Monday asking that their legislation funding cybersecurity programs for K-12 schools be included in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation act that Democrats and President Joe Biden are struggling to pass. The letter's signers, led by Rep. Doris Matsui of California, are sponsors of the Enhancing K-12 Cybersecurity Act, which would direct CISA to create an incident-reporting system for the education sector and spend up to $10 million annually on cybersecurity improvements at grade schools. Ben has more.

Some VPN tips from the feds

Cautioning that foreign government-backed hackers are actively exploiting vulnerabilities in virtual private network devices, the NSA and CISA yesterday published guidelines for securing VPNs against advanced persistent threat actors, CyberScoop's Tim Starks reports. “VPN servers are entry points into protected networks, making them attractive targets,” Rob Joyce, director of cybersecurity at the NSA, said on Twitter. “APT actors have and will exploit VPNs.” In one recent case noted by the FBI, one APT leveraged a Fortinet VPN to breach a local government. Read more on CyberScoop.


WATCH: IT exec Brian Falvey highlights a new, cost-effective private cloud solution

HPE exec Brian Falvey explains how GreenLake cloud was designed as a solution to offer state and local agencies greater flexibility in the cost of moving data and applications to a private cloud environment, and directly addresses IT leaders’ concerns around latency, regulatory concerns and security risks. Watch Falvey’s full interview here.

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