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Can a big county rein in ICE's data appetite?

During a public hearing Wednesday, officials from Cook County, Illinois, took aim at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for its use of third-party firms, like LexisNexis, to obtain public and private data on individuals. That practice, the county officials said, violates the spirit of local sanctuary laws. In Cook County, ICE officers searched the LexisNexis database around 13,000 times between March and September of 2021 — more than 60 searches per day, according to documents obtained by local advocacy organizations. Lindsay McKenzie reports.

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A look at New Mexico CIO Peter Mantos’ top priorities

On this week’s episode of the Priorities podcast, New Mexico CIO Peter Mantos says he’ll focus on cybersecurity and broadband as he steps into the state’s top IT job. Mantos, whom Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham appointed in June, tells Colin Wood that ransomware and data security are particular concerns for him. Listen to the podcast.

Time will tell if states' ransomware payment bans curb threat

North Carolina and Florida have banned government agencies from paying off ransomware demands, and several more states may follow. But cybersecurity experts have doubts whether steps like these can actually make a dent in the fight against digital extortion schemes. “Really what will show whether it’s working and have the desired effect will just be over time,” said Elise Elam, an attorney in the cybersecurity practice at the law firm BakerHostetler. Benjamin Freed has details.


WATCH: Pennsylvania’s CTO on ensuring network resiliency to support cloud strategies

CTO Jason Hebbe discusses how the adoption of cloud and multi-cloud computing impacts the state’s networking requirements. That includes prioritizing network resiliency, so their agencies have the necessary bandwidth for the various cloud providers they partner with. Hebbe also discusses how the state looks at the value proposition of network updates to make sure they are meeting all their requirements at the best possible price. Hear more from Hebbe.

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