West Virginia Agencies Impacted by Mainframe Failure
A system outage affected some state agencies in West Virginia, including the Department of Health and Human Services. House Technology and Infrastructure Chairman Daniel Linville explained that the mainframe failed when two parts, usually serving as fail-safes for each other, simultaneously failed, according to Government Technology on July 21. Linville said, “It’s less so that the technology we’re using is outdated, but the means of putting it to use is. That model that we’re currently on — we own that hardware and it’s in a building we have and we power it, as opposed to paying for that as a service from multiple data centers all across the country. Had we been on that system, which we’re working to move toward, then we would not have had that same problem because at any given time there would have been three or four of those to accomplish that same end goal.”
NY Law Requires Gun Applicants to Reveal Social Media Accounts
New York requires that those applying for a handgun license share a list of their social media accounts to enable officials to verify their “character and conduct.” The law comes in response to the US Supreme Court striking down rules that limit firearms, according to USA Today on July 9. The law requires that applicants provide their social media accounts—current and former—for the past three years. Then sheriff’s staff, judges and county clerks review their social media posts to look for statements that suggest dangerous behavior.
La. Shares Preparedness for Federal Cybersecurity Grants
Louisiana Chief Cyber Officer Dustin Glover touches on his state’s preparation for the upcoming grant funding from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on the July 20th Statescoop Priorities Podcast. He reflects on the positive support given to his agency from the legislature, as well as the governor. And he shares his state’s “excellent position” to respond because of the state’s extensive work on their “cyber-assurance program.”
More News Worth Reading
Stay up to date
Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest regulatory news delivered to your inbox each week.