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Easy when Fort Meade's down the road

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Thursday that the state has appointed a senior data analyst from the National Security Agency to assist the state’s data privacy efforts. Jason Jabers, a longtime data analyst with the agency, will serve as an adviser to Hogan on data policies, practices, standards and security. The appointment follows Hogan's announcement in July that his administration was in talks with the NSA, which is based at Fort Meade, outside Washington, on a cybersecurity partnership. Ryan Johnston has more.

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North Dakota's new data guy

North Dakota officials on Friday announced that the state has hired Ravi Krishnan, a former analytics lead at the credit-monitoring firm TransUnion and former consultant to several other large corporations, as its new chief data officer. Krishnan, who will start in the job Nov. 1, will replace Dorman Bazzell, who was hired in 2018 as the state’s inaugural data chief, but recently took a role with Capgemini as the IT services multinational’s head of digital strategy. Benjamin Freed reports.

Hacks can't stop Halloween

Chicago-based Ferrara Candy — the parent company of Lemonheads, Atomic Fireballs, Keebler and Brach's Candy Corn — said attackers hit the firm with ransomware on Oct. 9, encrypting systems. Despite the disruption, Ferrara said its factories and distribution centers have resumed operation, and that trick-or-treating supplies will not be affected, CyberScoop's Jeff Stone reported. Spooky.

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