Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller joined 43 other attorney generals in a $39.5 million settlement with health benefits company Anthem over the 2014 data breach that involved personal information of 78.8 million citizens, the attorney general’s office announced this week. Iowa will receive $199,694 from the settlement. Anthem first disclosed the data breach in February […]

More than 27,000 people have been contacted after UnityPoint Health was affected by a ransomware attack against third-party vendor Blackbaud, a cloud-based provider of fundraising and finance services for education and nonprofit entities, reports KCCI. The attack, which took place between Feb. 7-May 20, impacted patients and donors within the St. Luke’s Foundation in Sioux […]

ProCircular was named the Corridor’s Fastest Growing Company of 2020 by the Corridor Business Journal, ProCircular announced this week. The Coralville-based cybersecurity firm opened a second office in downtown Des Moines this year serving national customers. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, ProCircular began offering free vulnerability checks to critical infrastructure around the Midwest, […]

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has confirmed it was a customer of a financial services contractor targeted in a massive international ransomware attack earlier this year, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reported. The council is one of three confirmed Iowa customers of Blackbaud, a cloud-based provider of fundraising and finance services for education and nonprofit entities; […]

Midland GIS Solutions, a large full-service geographic information systems firm serving the Midwest, has been acquired by SAM Cos., an Austin, Texas-based provider of geospatial and construction services, the companies announced. Based in Maryville, Mo., Midland has provided GIS and GPS services to municipalities, counties, utility companies, state agencies and private sector organizations, including a number of […]

A third-party service provider for at least two Iowa nonprofits experienced a massive ransomware attack, affecting more than 20 universities and nonprofits in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. Blackbaud, an international provider of cloud-based fundraising and finance services, notified the Iowa State University Foundation on July 16 that a data breach between Feb. 7 […]

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office is conducting a series of workshops through this week to help counties prepare for 2020 elections. Incident Response Plan seminars take county auditors and staff, IT administrators and emergency management coordinators through a variety of scenarios that could disrupt elections, including natural disasters, power outages and cyberattacks, the office […]

A third-party service provider to the Iowa State University Foundation experienced a massive ransomware attack, affecting more than 20 universities and nonprofits in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Blackbaud, an international provider of cloud-based fundraising and finance services, notified the ISU Foundation on July 16 that a data breach taking place between Feb. 7 and […]

The Microsoft Datacenter Academy program is adding three credential programs led by CompTIA, a provider of vendor-neutral training and skills certifications, CompTIA announced this week. The programs will be available at the five data center academies supported by Microsoft, including the Des Moines Area Community College in West Des Moines. The new certifications are CompTIA […]

The original Des Moines Securities Map from the 1930s, on display at Undesign: DSM by Polk County Housing Trust Fund. A link to the map’s original descriptions is available here.  A red line runs through the old Franklin Junior High in Des Moines, highlighting what residents of the city couldn’t see for years. When the pandemic […]