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Still no word from Pensacola officials, on the cyber-attack involving the city’s computer systems. But Mayor Grover Robinson did have an update of sorts, at Monday’s weekly news conference.

“We are, by no means, the first city in Florida; there have been dozens and dozens of cities that have been hit in Florida, and since we’ve been hit New Orleans has been hit and a variety of cities have been hit, and they’ll continue to be hit,” said Mayor Grover Robinson.

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The director of the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity has been named by Governor DeSantis to a state task force on cybersecurity.  “I’m truly honored to be nominated to serve on the cybersecurity task force for the state of Florida. It’s great for higher education as well as for our region and the University of West Florida” said Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, a professor of computer science at UWF and the cybersecurity center director.

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Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania Governor and the first secretary of Homeland Security, was the keynote speaker at the Haas Center’s inaugural Fall Forum. Ridge sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

Looking back at Sept. 11, 2001 — when hijackers slammed four jetliners into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Ridge — then the homeland security advisor to President George W. Bush — said the idea of a cabinet-level agency for such was not initially discussed by the administration.