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Old files make for mundane dumps

New details on a January ransomware attack on central Illinois' Griggsville-Perry School District<span> show that while malicious actors were successful in exfiltrating thousands of documents and posting them to a leak site, most of the documents do not appear to be very potent—such as a detention slip from 2014. While a detention slip for a classroom loudmouth doesn't rise to the level of protected data, </span>it does highlight the risk when organizations don’t remove old data. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Maryland's first step on data

Maryland Chief Data Officer Pat McLoughlin said on last week's Priorities Podcast that interagency collaboration was essential for his state’s data inventory effort, which wrapped up in just one month. The inventory project, which was was the first step after Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order creating a statewide data office, built off previous successes from the state’s GIS and open-data efforts, McLoughlin said. Listen to the podcast.


What U.S. courts learned using video communications platforms

The nation’s court systems have a rare opportunity to reform costly and time-consuming judiciary procedures — and improve the court experience for plaintiffs, prosecutors and witnesses — using the virtual technology lessons they adopted during the pandemic, argues Stephen Ellis, who leads Government Solutions for Zoom Video Communications. Read more.

Okta says sorry

“We want to acknowledge that we made a mistake,” identity authentication company Okta said Friday regarding a two-month delay in notifying customers about a compromised account at a third-party contractor that potentially exposed customers to risk. The statement was added to an FAQ page about a breach that the company was first alerted to in January, but was not disclosed publicly until last week. Read more on CyberScoop.


Enabling digital transformation to improve public health services

Many public health services faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic. But there were also many lessons learned, say EY Principals. They explain how public health leaders used technology to improve and innovate how to deliver constituent services and how they can continue building on those lessons to keep the momentum of digital transformation. Hear more from the executives.

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