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Cyber with a side of broadband

New Mexico Chief Information Officer Peter Mantos told StateScoop on Monday that cybersecurity is a focus of the role he took up earlier this month, especially as the state continues to address the fallout of a January ransomware attack against Bernalillo County. Meanwhile, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration is focusing on building out broadband. Mantos said he wants to balance those priorities: "There are people who are starving for broadband, so we’re going to do both simultaneously," he said. Colin Wood reports.

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Feel the need...the need for more speed

The definition of high-speed internet could soon change for the first time in years, following a statement last Friday by FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. In a notice of inquiry to her fellow commissioners, Rosenworcel proposed redefining “high-speed internet” from download speeds of 25 megabits per second and upload speeds of 3 Mbs — benchmarks established in 2015 — to a minimum download speed of 100 Mbs and uploads of 20 Mbs. She said the current standard "isn’t just behind the times," but harmful to rural and low-income communities, particularly after the pandemic. Benjamin Freed has details.


Advancing AI/ML in state and local government

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are making headway in helping state, county and local governments improve citizen services. In a new interview, IT experts from Arizona and Hewlett Packard Enterprise discuss the practical examples of how AI/ML are speeding up Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court’s work that supports public service. Watch the interview. 

U.S. recovers $500K from North Korean hack on Kansas hospital

The U.S. Department of Justice seized roughly $500,000 in ransom payments that a medical center in Kansas paid to North Korean hackers last year, along with cryptocurrency used to launder the payments, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Tuesday. The hospital quickly paid the attackers, but also notified the FBI, “which was the right thing to do for both themselves and for future victims,” Monaco said in a speech at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University in New York City. AJ Vicens has the story on CyberScoop.


Enabling Modernization with Agile Acquisitions

Maj. Chris Olsen, Military Deputy, Office of the Chief Software Officer at the U.S. Air Force and Deputy Secretary of Cybersecurity for Virginia, Alicia Andrews, join Alliance for Digital Innovation’s Director Ross Nodurft to discuss how to develop agile acquisition strategies that align with cybersecurity goals. Hear more from the leaders. 

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