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California Deputy CIO Russ Nichols to retire

Russ Nichols, who’s worked in California state government IT for more than two decades, currently as its deputy CIO, plans to retire in November, according to a report in <a href="https://www.govtech.com/workforce/california-tech-exec-russ-nichols-to-retire-in-november">Techwire</a>. Nichols, who was named to his current role in February 2021, served five months earlier this year as acting CIO following former state CIO Amy Tong's appointment as government operations secretary. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Reports of government ransomware attacks are down, but looks are deceiving

A report last from the Ransomware Task Force found that while organizations worldwide continue to suffer attacks, the clip of incidents affecting local government and health organizations in the United States looks to have slowed. The task force, citing data compiled by Recorded Future intelligence analyst Allan Liska, said there had been 64 documented attacks on local governments, schools and hospitals so far in 2022, compared with about 150 over the same period a year prior. But looks can be deceiving: “There may be fewer attacks,” Liska told StateScoop. “I have trouble believing that because every [incident response] person I know is still booked fully, mostly with ransomware.” Ben has details.

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