Ramsey County delays homeless shelter lease to address security concerns

The Ramsey County Board expressed strong support Tuesday morning for a plan to lease Bethesda Hospital and turn it into a homeless shelter, but delayed approval for a week to better address neighbors’ security concerns.

Commissioners spoke about the urgent need for more shelter space with winter fast approaching. Nearly 400 people recently have been sleeping outside in St. Paul, which is said to be a record.

The hospital building, just north of the State Capitol in the Frogtown neighborhood, would provide a 24-hour shelter and services for 100 homeless people. It would be a low-barrier shelter, meaning it would house people who have been unsuccessful in other shelter settings and are often battling addictions.

Neighbors have said they worry about increasing crime and drug activity, and also that a private park on the hospital grounds could be overrun by the homeless.

Commissioners vowed to address security concerns at Tuesday’s

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Watch Live: US Space Force, security and higher education leaders headline Space & Cybersecurity Symposium 2020

From travel directions to finding out whether it might rain, much of the world depends on orbiting satellites for daily information. Space-based technology has become essential, and this has led to a greater focus on the key actions needed to safeguard it.

In early September, the U.S. government issued directives for the first comprehensive cybersecurity policy for systems in space.

“The security of the homeland depends on the security of our space systems, interests and freedom of our action in space,” said Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf in a statement about the new directives. “The policy unveiled today is a critical step in establishing a baseline standard for cybersecurity as America leads in space and cyberspace alike.”

Recent space cybersecurity incidents have raised serious red flags, including security researcher James Pavur gaining access to sensitive corporate data by hacking into satellite transmissions. 

“When we were looking at these

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Cyber Security Awareness Month aims to educate people about protecting data

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, making sure everyone knows about all the threats that come with all of the benefits of using the internet. The theme for this year’s month is “Do your part. Be cyber smart,” stressing the importance of taking proactive steps to keep your information safe.



a hand holding a computer keyboard: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.


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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

“We’re in an internet interconnected world, we’re not going back,” said Terry McGraw, a retired Army colonel, a cybersecurity expert, and president of PC Matic Federal, who believes the general public is not aware enough of some of the internet’s biggest threats.

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“We’re just not doing it well enough,” McGraw said of public awareness, “and as a consequence, we’re falling victim to criminals that we shouldn’t be.”

According to McGraw, the COVID-19 pandemic has opened new doors for cyber security threats.

“I think

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How Colleges Can Strengthen Security with a Defense-in-Depth Strategy

By necessity, universities have evolved beyond the old castle-and-moat approach to cybersecurity. In today’s highly distributed technology environment, firewalls alone cannot ensure student privacy or secure critical data.

With a proliferation of endpoints, the present push toward remote work and distance learning has heightened existing cyber risks for colleges and universities. “Traditional, ‘monolithic,’ approaches to cybersecurity are becoming less reliable,” says Richard Rudnicki, a Deloitte security specialist with 15 years of experience delivering cyber-risk and regulatory compliance solutions to higher education. “To address evolving risks, institutions should adopt multilayered approaches that involve people, process and technology.”

Known as defense in depth, this multilayered approach centers on redundancy. Having multiple layers of security controls is likely more effective than ensuring one layer is perfectly secure. Above all, the first layer of security starts with user education: Make sure all students and faculty understand the basics of safe internet use. Let’s examine

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Leadership, Security, Communication: The Three COVID Coping Strategies For Education

Schools around the world adapting to the new realities that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Uncertainty is widespread as officials from K-12 through higher education work hard to keep students, educators, and staff safe, while providing the best possible learning environments.

There’s a lot of flux around how and where education will take place this fall and beyond. However,  one constant is that technology will play a central role in any and all eventual scenarios.

We reached out to technology influencers and experts to explore some of the challenges, options, and strategies under consideration for education IT decision-makers. With a focus on decisions around critical infrastructure components like data management, networking and security, we asked:

  • What are some strategies and tactics IT leaders in education should take to cope with this uncertainty?

A Time for Leadership

Our experts offered a diverse menu of ideas, but one theme stands out:

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Safety tips on virtual learning from a cyber security expert

Safety tips for virtual learning from a cyber security expert


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JENNIFER: AS STUDENTS CONTINUE VIRTUALLY LEARNING, YOU MAY HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CYBER SECURITY. KIDS CAN BECOME EASY TARGETS FOR HACKERS. JOINING US WITH TIPS ON HOW TO STAY SAFE, CYBER SECURITY EXPERT GREG STEWART. GOOD MORNING. SO NICE TO SEE YOU. >> GOOD MORNING, JEN. GOOD TO SEE YOU. >> OH, SO YOU HAVE TIPS FOR EVERYONE TO STAY SAFE. WHAT WOULD BE THE NUMBER ONE TO THINK TO START WITH? >> I WOULD START WITH A LOT OF THE SCHOOLS PROVIDE DEVICES TO THE STUDENTS, AND WE SUPPORT SOME OF THOSE SCHOOLS. SO THE FIRST THING IS START WITH WHAT THE SCHOOL TELLS YOU TO DO WITH THE DEVICE. THAT’S NUMBER ON IF YOU USE YOUR OWN PERSONAL DEVICE, NOT PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP

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