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CIO beach reads

With heat waves bearing down on much of the country and people getting in their last bits of vacation, we asked a group of state chief information officers and other government IT officials what they’ve been reading this summer. Replies included a few business, management and tech books, but also several history volumes, biographies, memoirs and rediscoveries of a few sci-fi classics. The recommendations are reminders that — like the rest of us — CIOs have their beach reads. See what everyone's reading.

A Message From AWS Educate

With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

$10 million reward for info on Conti gang

The State Department announced yesterday it's offering up to $10 million for information related to five leaders of the Conti ransomware gang, an outfit that's tormented organizations around the world, including many local governments, and raking in upward of $150 million in ransom payments, CyberScoop reports. The department made the announcement at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference. AJ Vicens reports from Las Vegas.

New York to install speed-limiting tech on city vehicles

New York City officials announced Thursday the launch of a pilot program to test an active intelligent speed assistance system that automatically slows vehicles in the municipal fleet if they go above a posted speed limit. ISA systems use GPS-linked data to detect the speed limit on a given road. Passive systems give the driver audio or visual warnings that they’re speeding. Active systems, like the one New York City is testing, automatically tap the brakes or make the accelerator more difficult to press if the driver goes over. 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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