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'I’m going to beat Elon to Mars'

North Dakota CIO Shawn Riley announced earlier this month he’s stepping down in December to take over as CEO of American operations for cryptocurrency-mining and energy-development company Bitzero International. In an interview, Riley told StateScoop that his plans for the company include both converting a decommissioned missile site into a crypto mine, and developing new clean-energy technology. He's also got his eyes on the stars: "I don’t know how, but I’m going to beat Elon to Mars," he said. Your move, Chief Twit.

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Maryland to train 100 state workers in cybersecurity

Maryland officials said last week that a workforce development program will fund cybersecurity training for up to 100 state technology employees. State CISO Chip Stewart said he hopes to find 50 candidates for each of two tracks: a basic level open to IT workers in any state agency who’ve expressed interest in picking up cyber skills, and advanced training for seasoned employees interested in becoming a CISSP, an industry credential that requires several years' experience and an exam“My hope anyone in a technology leadership role would do this,” he said. Benjamin Freed reports.

White House hosts global ransomware summit

Cyber leaders from 36 countries are gathering in Washington this week for a White House-hosted global summit on ransomware threats to government systems and critical infrastructure, CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports. “This is really a global problem,” a senior Biden administration official said ahead of the conference. “We’re seeing the pace and the sophistication of the ransomware attacks increase faster than our resilience and disruption efforts.” One key factor that continues to fuel the ransomware problem is the fact that some nations such as Russia, which is not included in the summit, freely harbor ransomware actors. Read more on CyberScoop.


How data analytics helped a California police department shave a year off an investigation 

A new report highlights how law enforcement agencies, facing an explosion of digital forensics evidence, are discovering how a data analytics platform from Splunk can fast-track digital investigations. Download the full report.

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