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It was ransomware all along

The Maryland Department of Health confirmed yesterday that a cyberattack last month that resulted in the department’s website being taken offline, a pause in COVID-19 metrics and an interruption in sharing data with local health agencies. State CISO Chip Stewart said yesterday the outages were part of a mitigation strategy designed to isolate affected systems from other state networks. "This was our decision and a deliberate one, and it was the cautious and responsible thing to do for threat isolation and mitigation," he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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The CIO and auditor are fighting

Honolulu CIO Mark Wong is pushing back against a recent audit that found the Hawaii capital city's modernization efforts dating back to 2013 regularly failed to fully report the costs of its modernization projects and failed to consistently respond to the service and support requests of city agencies. Wong replied to the audit by calling it "misleading" and writing that technology can be hard to understand for the “layperson." City auditor Arushi Kumar then responded that the IT agency "seems only open to a favorable audit report." Ryan Johnston breaks it down.

Out, damned robot!

Fifty-one state attorneys general this week signed a letter urging the FCC to move forward with proposals aimed at reducing the number of illegal robocalls that reach American consumers. The letter endorses the FCC's proposed changes rule changes requiring international gateway providers to implement more stringent caller authentication measures and robocall mitigation programs.   Colin Wood has details.

Washington state bills push for blockchain group, digital credentials

The Washington State Senate held a hearing yesterday for bills that would form a blockchain workgroup and require the state’s technology office to develop a plan for developing a digital credential network. Despite advocacy from the state's tech industry and a collection of blockchain advocates, state officials expressed concern about whether they have the resources or staff to actually pursue these issues. Emily Bamforth has more.


Isolate and stop cyber-risks by controlling privileged access

To mitigate cyber-attacks, any accounts with high levels of access to very sensitive and critical data need to be audited, monitored and managed continuously and consistently. A new report produced by CyberArk and Deloitte shows how managing privileged access allows organizations to run business operations, applications and critical infrastructure efficiently without sacrificing security. Read the full report.

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