WannaCry ransomware attacks affect states, local governments | Fla. county pairs social workers, paramedics to relieve 911 | How data can improve smart city governments
May 23, 2017
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WannaCry ransomware attacks affect states, local governments
States, counties, municipalities and universities need to install patches and keep antivirus software up to date as the WannaCry ransomware has appeared on public-sector networks, according to experts. "I don't think it's over. There's the chance [hackers] will regroup and do another targeted attack," said Doug Robinson of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
Stateline (5/19),  The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Fla. county pairs social workers, paramedics to relieve 911
Palm Beach County, Fla., is following a national trend in adopting a Mobile Integrated Healthcare program that pairs licensed social workers with paramedics. The team offers community members, especially the elderly, nonemergency medical help to cut down on 911 calls.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (5/16) 
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How data can improve smart city governments
Jane Wiseman and Stephen Goldsmith discuss 10 different ways governments can leverage data to improve urban life for its citizens. Examples include improved 911 response, reduced water main breaks, better commuter times and energy savings.
Data-Smart City Solutions (5/11) 
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Employee Benefits
S.C. county to open clinic, hire wellness coach
Horry County in South Carolina plans to open an employee clinic, which will provide basic care free of charge, as a way to reduce costs and help workers get healthier. The clinic will hire a wellness coach to gather risk assessment data on employees, which Public Information Officer Lisa Bourcier said will help the county identify and address health problems.
WBTW-TV (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (5/18) 
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Calif. picks up growing tab for Medicaid expansion population
California's contribution to fund coverage for 4 million new enrollees under its expanded Medicaid program is about $1.3 billion for this year, placing further stress on the already strained state budget. Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, this is the first year states must supplement federal dollars for Medicaid expansion populations, with states' contribution growing each year until 2020 when it reaches 10%, but those terms could be changed if congressional Republicans succeed in their push to roll back the expansion and restructure Medicaid.
California Healthline (5/18) 
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Higher Education
Higher ed largely spared from ransomware attack
US higher education institutions were mostly unaffected after worldwide WannaCry ransomware attacks, while universities that were hit were able to mitigate and contain damage quickly. Brazosport College in Texas was one of the few colleges reporting an attack, with just two computers breached by the incident.
Inside Higher Ed (5/16) 
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Federal budget takes aim at higher-ed programs
President Donald Trump's budget proposal includes implementing one income-based student-loan repayment plan that would cost graduate students more and eliminates the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for those in public service. The plan also cuts funds for work-study programs and other initiatives that primarily benefit lower-income students.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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Leadership & Management
Conflict cannot be avoided, so how we handle it matters
People involved in conflict will unconsciously default to one of three mindsets, says Nate Regier: persecutor, victim or rescuer. Those starting points are fine as long as participants actively work to resolve the conflict by being simultaneously compassionate and accountable.
Skip Prichard blog (5/18) 
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News From Aon
Webinar: Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company, presents "Are You Ready?"
Success demands resilience in the face of rapidly evolving cyberrisks. Digitization and connectivity drive cost efficiency, speed and better customer experience. These same trends also expose the enterprise to rapidly evolving cyberrisks. Join us at 11 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, May 30, for the "Are You Ready?" webinar series, in which we will explore actionable ways for organizations to achieve cyberresilience. Register.
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20th Aon Risk Pooling Symposium 2017 -- New Realities in Risk
Please join the Aon Risk Pooling Practice for the 20th Risk Pooling Symposium, happening July 23 to 26, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, just outside Albuquerque, N.M. We will be delivering timely information and entertaining sessions on topics important to your pool. Topics will include changing public perceptions about law enforcement, new technologies affecting government risks, cyberexposures, active shooters and potential fallout from Brexit. Register.
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