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First responders aren't confident public safety organizations are prepared to confront cyberattacks. A federal judge approves a whopping $63 million settlement in the lawsuit over the OPM hack. And it's CyberWeek! This is CyberScoop for Oct. 18.

How public safety orgs handle cyber safety

There’s widespread concern among U.S. public safety personnel that their organizations aren’t equipped to defend against cyberattacks, according to a new survey of first responders across the U.S. Overall, less than 50% of all respondents said their agencies are “at least somewhat prepared in case of a cyberattack,” according to Verizon Frontline Public Safety Communications Survey. Colin Wood has the story.

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$63M OMP hack settlement approved

A federal judge has given final approval for a proposed $63 million settlement to bring to an end a class action lawsuit brought over the Office of Personnel Management data breaches in 2015. U.S. district judge Amy Berman Jackson in a hearing on Oct. 14 said the agreed-upon figure was fair and gave approval for the settlement to proceed. Judge Jackson in June gave preliminary approval for the settlement to proceed, and at the time described the terms as “fair, reasonable, and adequate, and in the best interest of named plaintiffs and class members.” John Hewitt Jones covers it in FedScoop.

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