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Are you aware yet?

Few people overtly oppose Cybersecurity Awareness Month, though you wouldn’t know it from looking at Twitter. Cybersecurity professionals and journalists like to complain about how October fills up with events and reminders about good cyber hygiene, only to be forgotten when the calendar turns over. But for some in the industry — and especially in government — Cybersecurity Awareness Month still does a lot of good. “It provides this high-level, top-down executive sponsorship and recognition that, hey, everybody — from a general constituent user, resident to a business owner to a network operator to a department — needs to be vigilant and aware,” said California CISO Vitaliy Panych. Colin Wood has more.

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Autonomous shuttles win over crowd

Nearly three months after a suburb of Denver launched one of the largest deployments of autonomous vehicles in the United States, riders are reporting that the self-driving shuttles have been “super valuable,” said Tyler Svitak, the director of the nonprofit Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, the organization behind the vehicles. The alliance, a group of cities, businesses and communities promoting connected infrastructure across Colorado, partnered with the City of Golden and the Colorado School of Mines earlier this year to test an autonomous shuttle system serving the school's 5,000 students. Ryan Johnston reports.

Louisiana taps income-verification tool to solve UI benefits woes

Following an unprecedented number of unemployment insurance claims in 2020, the Louisiana Workforce Commission has adopted a new app designed to speed up the compensation process, according to an announcement Tuesday from the Atlanta software company Steady. The app, also called Steady, automatically verifies the income of 1099 and hourly worker UI claimants from financial institutions, reducing the time that state agencies spend on manually collecting that data and, the company claims, the likelihood of fraud through welfare programs like Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Ryan has details.

The bear is back

Suspected Russian spies who exploited a federal contractor to breach nine U.S. government agencies last year have continued targeting technology supply chains, aiming to compromise 140 technology service providers in recent months, according to Microsoft. The Russian nation-state hacking group Nobelium — also known as Cozy Bear — has since May 2021 sought to infiltrate technology resellers, cloud software companies and managed services providers in an attempt to “piggyback” on those firms’ access to other customers, a Microsoft advisory read. Read more on CyberScoop.

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