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Privacy help wanted

Christopher Bramwell, Utah’s government operations privacy officer, told StateScoop yesterday he's aiming to find and train at least 50 data security and privacy specialists across state government and some local agencies. Bramwell said that out of 36 statewide agencies, boards and other entities he’s reviewed so far, he’s aware of just a single certified privacy professional. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Local CISOs say they're getting noticed

San Francisco CISO Michael Makstman said Tuesday that the Coalition of City CISOs, which he helped found in 2019, is gaining steam, especially in anticipation of the new DHS cybersecurity grant program. “Local government is right in the middle of everything that’s going on right now, and at the same time we’re seeing more effort in the federal government in actually helping to step up our game in cybersecurity," Makstman said during StateScoop's Cybersecurity Modernization Summit. Colin Wood has more.

Delaware pushes to connect ‘each and every home’

On this week's episode of the Priorities Podcast, Delaware CIO Jason Clarke talks to Colin about how his state is closing its broadband gap. Also, hear part of what Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said during Tuesday's Cybersecurity Modernization Summit about future cybersecurity legislation and the risks states and localities face from their technical debt. Listen to the podcast.

Big BEC raid

The FBI and global partners carried out an operation that resulted in the arrest of 65 U.S. individuals that allegedly scammed more than $51 million from U.S. businesses, the bureau announced Wednesday. “Operation Eagle Sweep” also led to 12 arrests in Nigeria, eight in South Africa, two in Canada and one in Cambodia. The operation was conducted in parallel with operations by authorities in Australia, Japan and Nigeria. CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports.

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