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Where are the feds on K-12 cybersecurity?

The Education and Homeland Security departments still have much catching up to do against the continued ransomware threat against K-12 schools, according to a Government Accountability Office report released yesterday. The GAO found that as ransomware attacks against school districts continue to stack up, the federal government is still not providing sufficient resources to help educators combat the threat, nor have officials updated decade-old guidance on school cybersecurity. “It’s hard to say any other way, but the Department of Education has been asleep at the wheel," said Doug Levin, executive director of the K12 Security Information Exchange. Benjamin Freed reports.

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A state CISO exodus

In recent weeks, three state CISOs have left government for the private sector. Georgia CISO David Allen stepped down earlier this month for a new role with the IT services provider Ensono, while Oklahoma's Matt Singleton is now a strategist at CrowdStrike. And Pennsylvania just lost its CISO of 12-plus years, as Erik Avakian took a job with a still-undisclosed company. Read more.

Right-wing pranksters plead guilty to 2020 robocalls in Ohio

Right-wing operatives Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl, known in Washington, D.C., circles for political stunts that usually go awry, pleaded guilty yesterday in a Cleveland courtroom that they were behind a series of robocalls that targeted minority voters with false information during the 2020 election. Burkman and Wohl pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree telecommunications fraud, and face up to a year in prison. The calls, which were also heard in other states in October 2020, told voters that casting absentee ballots could open them up to surveillance by law enforcement and collection agencies — claims completely free of evidence. Read at Cleveland.com.

Survey: Keeping ahead of the risk curve

As government agencies continue to expand the number of cloud services and endpoint devices operating on their networks, the task of assessing their risk profile keeps growing in complexity. In this brief survey, we want to learn what strategies and investments federal, state and local government leaders are using to improve their organization’s ability to identify, manage and remediate cyber risks across their enterprise devices. Your responses to this survey will be kept anonymous. Share your perspective.

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