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CISA says it'll be grant season by summer

A CISA official said Tuesday that guidelines for a new $1 billion federal cybersecurity grant program serving state and local governments will be ready by late spring or early summer. “The program is forthcoming, it does not exist yet,” Tom Filippone, CISA's deputy director of stakeholder engagement, told a virtual meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State. “It’s going to take a little time to make sure we develop the best program possible.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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Beeck Center lands Gates gift

The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University this week announced $5.75 million in new investments to expand several digital service and data-focused projects for state and local governments. The donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Blue Meridian Partners and the Ballmer Group will allow the center to broaden its public-sector software collaborative, Executive Director Cori Zarek told StateScoop. Ryan Johnston has details.

TransparentBusiness founder offers $1 million for Putin's arrest

Alex Konanykhin, the founder of productivity-tracking software TransparentBusiness, which previously tried to convince state governments to install its products on contractors’ computers, said Wednesday that he’s offering $1 million to any Russian military officer who arrests Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal over the invasion of Ukraine. Konanykhin is a Russian expat who fled to the United States in 1992. Ben has more.

Ransomware attacks are complex — preventing them isn’t

As geopolitical conflicts increasingly play out in cyberspace, ransomware attacks are ravaging businesses and governments of all sizes, former DHS CIO Karen Evans writes in a new commentary. CISA Director Jen Easterly recently implored city officials to make ransomware a “kitchen-table issue,” and Evans writes that she could not agree more. Read the rest of the column.

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