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The @USTreasury has committed to sharing real-time intelligence after @wallyadeyemo, Deputy Treasury Secretary, warned bankers of elevated #cyberthreats from Russia. Learn more: https://reut.rs/3ybrh9Z

Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle are moving towards votes and markups of #privacy bills. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3ydrQQU

How does @linakhanFTC plan to modernize the @FTC? Tune in to this episode of the Marketplace Tech podcast to learn more: https://spoti.fi/3ugFAIf

Today, we disclosed how Russia's attacks against Ukraine coordinate cyberattacks within Ukraine, espionage outside Ukraine, and cyber influence operations targeting people around the world. It will take a coordinated response to combat this threat. https://bit.ly/3N7P4Md

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Celebrate #empowHERaccess awards with your fellow leaders and allies who are unlocking access in the enterprise ecosystem! ➡️ https://bit.ly/3tPSwnS

.@linakhanFTC, head of the @FTC, says the agency is pushing a robust agenda of actions to safeguard children's privacy online. Read more: https://bit.ly/3xwnoec

VFI ATF member and @microsoftalumni RJ Naugle and Anne Sprute have found their calling by helping veterans find their purpose. Check out their story: https://bit.ly/3xwnm64

Improvements in emergency response have raised concerns about the collection and sharing of sensitive personal information. Listen to this episode of the Recode Daily podcast for more: https://bit.ly/3tAJawj

The @NTIAgov's Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program and other components of the "Internet for All" initiative are "off to the races" according to @AlanDavidson. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3aT9Qlr

There are 66 #cybersecurity professionals for every 100 job openings in the U.S., and courses are ramping up across the nation to help address the shortage. https://bit.ly/3OjKifP

A new bipartisan #DataPrivacy proposal, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADDPA), faces an uphill battle in Congress. Read more: https://bit.ly/3OjKb3T

The @FCC is offering a #broadband help center with tutorials and other resources to help ISPs as they prepare to submit availability data. Read more: https://bit.ly/3976mvb

#Ransomware hackers are quickly dodging sanctions and ensuring victims continue to pay by rebranding themselves and their software. Read more: https://nbcnews.to/3HbF9nx

A bipartisan group of legislators is proposing a bill that would allow users to opt out of targeted advertisements and to sue internet companies who improperly sell their data. Learn more about the #DataPrivacy legislation: https://wapo.st/3xzuRdE

Sens. Blackburn and Hagerty of Tennessee are pushing back on the @NTIAgov's preference for fiber, noting that some topography of the state makes #broadband installation nearly impossible. Read more: https://bit.ly/3H5wQK6

The @DOJPH seized the internet domains of numerous websites amid investigations into the sale of stolen personal information online and #cyberattacks for hire. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3tq27Sr

The U.S. experienced a 105% increase in #cyberattacks in 2021, and schools were no exception. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xz0bsZ

.@Harvard offers nine broad findings about the #DigitalDivide that aim to ensure emerging tech is developed and managed in ways that serve the public good. Read more: https://bit.ly/3NcoLoW

A new report reveals that the federal government lacks sufficient data on the use of #cryptocurrency in ransom payments to deter and prevent these attacks. Read more: https://bit.ly/3GFvDZw

Every month at Microsoft Unlocked, we celebrate stories from the heart and soul of innovation, and our inaugural edition is all about #Pride.

Brought together by LGBTQIA+ employees and allies, we invite everyone to join: https://msft.it/6008bkpkA

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