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Will ransomware payment bans work?

Florida and North Carolina this year enacted new laws that prohibit public-sector organizations from paying ransomware demands when they're the victim of an attack, and at least four other states are considering similar legislation. But will they work? Experts aren't so sure. “Localized bans limited to the public sector only?” said Brett Callow, an analyst at the antivirus firm Emsisoft. “I just don’t see it working.” Time may bear out this approach, said <span>Elise Elam, an attorney in the cybersecurity practice at the law firm BakerHostetler.</span><span> “</span>It’s just too new to get a feel for whether it’ll be a deterrent for ransomware actors to target these state agencies," she told StateScoop. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Michigan's broadband effort gets a new leader

Michigan officials announced Tuesday that Eric Frederick, previously the leader of a broadband-focused nonprofit, will be the first person to hold the newly created role of “chief connectivity officer.” In the new position, Frederick will lead Michigan’s High-Speed Internet Office, which is dedicated to closing the digital divide in the state. “Eric has been a high-speed internet expert in Michigan for many years, and now his expertise will enhance our efforts to expand access and affordability,” Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II said in a press release. Lindsay McKenzie has more.

Speaking of Michigan...

Former Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday that he's launching a cybersecurity company, called SensCy, serving small- and medium-sized organizations. Snyder's partners include former state CIO David Behen and Dave Kelly, a former captain and IT director in the Michigan State Police. Snyder, a two-term Republican who served as governor from 2011 through 2018, is CEO of the new firm, while Behen is its chief customer success officer. Ben has details.

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