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The ransomware group Royal sent an extortion letter to Tucson Unified School District earlier this week following a successful cyber attack. Teachers are continuing in-person lessons even as some systems remain offline.
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A new report and toolkit aims to help K-12 schools and school districts identify funding and low-cost resources, identify high-priority risk reduction steps and stay informed about emerging cyber threats and risks.  
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill aimed at banning any technology or platform from state devices that could threaten cybersecurity. TikTok was the impetus for the legislation.
The chief customer experience officer would work to uncover causes of pain points and help make government services more accessible. The consolidated ID effort, meanwhile, will be aimed at stopping account fraud.
The state’s highest court is set to review the Denver Police Department’s controversial use of a Google search warrant that led officers to identify and arrest three teenagers in connection with a 2020 arson that killed five.
Hackers reportedly stole nearly 20GBs of data from police agency vendor ODIN Intelligence, including personal information on suspects and convicted sex offenders as well as plans for upcoming police raids.
The December cyber attack against third-party vendor Cott Systems knocked the records services offline for several weeks. Officials now report that the system is back online and that no data was lost in the incident.
T-Mobile announced that it suffered a cyber attack that compromised 37 million customer accounts. The company says there is currently no evidence of breach or compromise to its systems or network.
The newly created Cyber Unit falls under the state’s Office of Homeland Security and will act as a centralized cybersecurity information and response center. The unit will be led by the state’s first Cyber Director Bobby Freeman.
The proposed center would provide public entities with cyber solutions, develop the cyber workforce and deliver training and awareness across sectors. Efforts to pass this measure in 2022 ran out of time; a new House bill revives the question.
In a unanimous vote this week, Cleveland County commissioners opted to ban TikTok from all county-owned devices. The move closely follows a Dec. 8 executive order issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
The Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Springfield Union Station is set to receive $3 million in federal funding. The money follows closely behind the $1.46 million state funding given to the center last year.
A newly released report from Connecticut-based IT vendor Datto suggests that only around three out of 100 small- to medium-size businesses hit with ransomware pay cyber criminals to recover their data.
The new offering gives providers a gap analysis to show what steps the companies need to take to become StateRAMP certified, and offers a numerical score providers can share with prospective government clients.
Fifty-four of the 56 entities eligible for year one federal grants applied, and 10 have fulfilled the second part of the process by submitting their cybersecurity plans. A notice of funding opportunity is expected year two in the spring.
With new leadership taking office in states and cities nationwide, it's time to take a fresh look at your cybersecurity program to make sure it can protect systems against ever-evolving threats.