... Veteran Rep. Kaufman, 70, of Lexington, will not seek re-election in 2018 ...... Home care bill heads back to Baker with workers still concerned about their own privacy considerations ...... MTF releases look at health care trust funds ...... Colleagues plan to file legislation aimed at forcing Heroux to choose between House, Attleboro mayor's post ...... "Privilege" comment riles gun rights activists at public hearing ...... Clean energy activists again ready to be arrested Thursday to highlight opposition to fossil fuels ...... Beacon Hill struggles to find policy response to dealers of deadly drugs ...... Towns resistant to marijuana may reconsider, Rosenberg predicts at SHNS summit ...... Rep. Benson in Germany as official observer at the United Nations Climate Change Conference ...... Baker swears in Gilpin as State Police chief as controversy swirls about scrubbed arrest report ...... UMass-Boston layoffs punctuate continuing budget struggles ...... Branches sending Baker bill to crack down on handicapped parking placard abuse ...... Legislture unanimously approves compromise bill on bilingual education reform ...... House passed bill establishing May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month ...... Baker opioid bill sent to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee for review ...... Trauma registry, home care worker registry bills heading back to Baker's desk ...
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CYBERSECURITY EXPLODING TO FOREFRONT AHEAD OF CAMBRIDGE SUMMIT

By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 13, 2017.....The credit reporting firm Equifax gets hacked with criminals gaining access to the personal information of 143 million people for more than two months, drawing the ire of Americans and a lawsuit from Attorney General Maura Healey.

Symantec, the global cybersecurity firm, says the energy sector in the U.S. and Europe is being targeted by a new wave of attempted cyberattacks. Local grid operators decline to comment. Days later, Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces legislation requiring the Department of Defense to issue a report on significant security risks to the national electric grid and the effects of those risks on military readiness.

In Massachusetts, the first new Cabinet secretariat in years is being assembled, anchored around technology and, you guessed it, cybersecurity.


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