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New York CISO steps down

New York State CISO Karen Sorady is stepping down from her post after “an honorable time in the saddle,” state CIO Anglo Riddick announced yesterday. Sorady, who was named New York's top cybersecurity official last year, has worked in state IT since 2012. As CISO Sorady was responsible for protecting the state’s IT infrastructure, coordinating policies on IT security and standards and running cybersecurity programs, such as awareness training and the state’s Virtual Cyber Security Conference. Colin Wood has the story.

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Move fast and do coin things

A pair of cryptocurrency organizations behind recent digital token launches in Miami and New York City are launching an accelerator to help companies build blockchain- and cryptocurrency-based applications for city governments. The accelerator, announced last week by STX and CityCoins, a nonprofit group of cryptocurrency advocates and developers, is designed to fund developers and businesses that can build civic-focused applications to integrate with the bespoke digital tokens CityCoins has created in Miami and New York. “We welcome cities into this program because someone — 'city X' — may want to see an application being built to support local businesses, and CityCoins is the perfect place for that,” said STX's Kyle Ellicott. Ryan Johnston reports.

NHTSA selects vendor to test new 911 data-exchange model

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this month announced it’s selected the consulting firm Mission Critical Partners to conduct the next phase of a project to develop a common data framework for the nation’s 911 centers. Mission Critical Partners will test and evaluate a new data-exchange model designed to get the nation’s thousands of public safety answering points using a common data standard. Colin has more.

Kronos hack upends state agencies

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services on Tuesday announced it had been affected by a ransomware attack against the payroll systems vendor Kronos. The agency is one of several public-sector organizations to confirm it's been upended by the incident, along with the governments of West Virginia; Cleveland; Tallahassee, Florida; and Springfield, Massachusetts. A spokesperson for the Virginia agency said there’s no indication that state employee information was compromised in the attack and that payroll operations won’t be disrupted. Read more.

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