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Potential data breach at California prisons

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday a potential data breach earlier this year exposed information related to staff and visitors who underwent COVID-19 tests, as well as mental health information collected on current and former inmates dating as far back as 2008. The potential breach was discovered in January, when the department’s IT team discovered suspicious activity on a file transfer system that had started in December 2021. Officials said there's no evidence the data was misused, and that the transfer system has been suspended. Benjamin Freed reports.

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People and processes first

A “people, processes and technology” framework that’s governed IT since the 1960s is ordered that way for good reason, Arizona CIO J.R. Sloan told StateScoop yesterday. “In government for a lot of these systems, we’re not breaking new ground,” Sloan said. “The technology’s there and can solve the problems, but aligning people and process ahead of time — those are the efforts that position your project to serve you not just immediately but into the future.” Colin Wood has more.

Weather nerds seek IT nerds.

The National Weather Service is looking for IT expertise to improve its prediction and analysis of floods and water supply and quality in light of climate change, pollution, population growth and aging infrastructure. NWS‘s Office of Water Prediction needs engineers, technicians, program and project managers, data scientists, and software developers to deliver three major projects related to flood predictions, water levels and other related matters, FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir reports. Read more on FedScoop.

Monkeypox outbreaks taxing tech-deficient local health authorities, officials say

The monkeypox virus has “overwhelmed” the outdated technology infrastructure of some local health jurisdictions in Washington, further straining a workforce that state health officials said was already feeling burned out by two-plus years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The burden was felt especially by local health authorities, which are frequently understaffed and have few technology assets and little training, said Elizabeth Perez, a spokesperson at the Washington Department of Health. Colin had the story.

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