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820,000 students

New York Mayor Eric Adams and other city officials are demanding an investigation of a vendor used by the city’s Department of Education, following the disclosure of a January breach that potentially revealed personal data of 820,000 current and former students dating back to 2016. The vendor, Illuminate Education, provides grading and attendance software, and revealed last Friday that there was unauthorized access to its systems, potentially exposing students' names, dates of birth, school ID numbers and other pieces of information. Benjamin Freed has more.

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New tech leaders in Boston

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu yesterday named two new senior technology officials — including a new CIO — to support her push for greater digital equity in the city. Wu named Santiago Garces, who’s served as CIO of South Bend, Indiana, and Pittsburgh, as the new CIO, and Julia Gutierrez, formerly of the Massachusetts Digital Service, as the city's new chief digital officer. “Technology is essential for delivering great city services," Wu said in a press release. Colin Wood reports.

White House budget pitches $10B for election assistance

President Biden’s budget proposal for the 2023 fiscal year includes $10 billion over a decade to help state and local election officials upgrade IT assets, improve their cyber and physical security and hire personnel. If enacted, that would create a dedicated funding stream for election improvements — something that Congress has repeatedly fallen short on providing, despite election officials' pleas. “Federal funding for the equipment, systems, and personnel that comprise the Nation’s critical election infrastructure has been episodic or crisis-driven,” the budget proposal reads. Ben has details.

Exciting times for N.C.'s cyber task force

North Carolina Chief Risk Officer Rob Main told StateScoop last week that a new executive order giving formal recognition to a statewide cybersecurity task force will greatly reduce the time it takes to help local governments respond to incidents. “Having the formal recognition is extremely valuable to the task force as there are opportunities to broaden awareness of what capabilities it brings to bear,” he said. Read more.

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