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'Alarm bells' for technical debt

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., yesterday attributed state, local and education-sector cybersecurity troubles to aging technology that leaves governments and schools more vulnerable to attacks. Speaking during a Scoop News Group event, Langevin, one of Congress' top voices on cybersecurity, said that technical debt "should be something that’s setting off alarm bells for policymakers everywhere." Benjamin Freed reports.

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New CIO in San Jose

San Jose, California, City Manager Jennifer Maguire on Tuesday announced the appointment of Khaled Tawfik as the city’s new CIO. Tawfik, who’s currently the CIO in Irvine, California, is set to take over in San Jose on April 18, relieving former city CIO Rob Lloyd, who was promoted last December to deputy city manager. “Khaled’s successful background in both the private and public sector and his ability to lead with technical savvy and exceptional business acumen, will ensure that San Jose’s services stay digitally accessible, and we remain the most innovative City in the nation,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a press release. Colin Wood has the story.

Going phishing for election officials

An invoice-themed phishing campaign targeted elections officials in at least nine states last October, according to a warning the FBI issued yesterday. The attackers sought to steal login credentials and could have had “sustained, undetected” access to election administrators’ systems, the notice read. Phishing messages were also sent to the National Association of Secretaries of State, which reported them to the Election Infrastructure ISAC, a NASS spokesperson told CyberScoop. AJ Vicens has the story on CyberScoop.

Russian traffic 'squashed'

New York CIO Angelo Riddick said during yesterday's SNG event that his state is responding to “a recent uptick in traffic attempting to connect to our network with IP addresses originating in Russia.” Riddick said the state has “permanently blocked” such attempts. State technology officials around the country have said they’re keeping a closer eye on their networks following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hear more from Riddick.

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