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Monday, October 17, 2022, San Diego Metro Magazine

Highlights of recent cyberattacks
the vulnerability of California schools

By Joe Hong | Cal Matters

If Los Angeles Unified, the largest school district in the state, may fall victim to a ransomware attack, how prepared are California public schools for the growing threat of cyberattacks?

It depends, according to experts working in cybersecurity and information technology at public schools across the state. Some districts may have a handful of cybersecurity professionals on staff, while others may have none. On top of that, there are currently no statewide guidelines for digital safety in school districts.

“The vast majority of districts don’t have a single member dedicated to cybersecurity threats,” said Terry Loftus, assistant superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education. “There is no real set standard.”

Loftus has its own team of five cybersecurity professionals, the largest in the state. But he says that’s largely because he did his graduate school in cybersecurity and made the team a priority. Not all neighborhoods are equally equipped.

Top photo: Some schools are using their stimulus funds to buy laptops for students. (Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr., CalMatters)

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State begins construction of 10,000 mile broadband
network to provide high-speed Internet service to all

Construction began last week on State Route 67 near Poway on the first leg of the 10,000-mile broadband network aimed at bringing high-speed internet service to all Californians, wherever they live.

Governor GavinmNewsom administration officials gathered at the site as 500 feet of fiber optic cable was blown through a conduit in the first segment of a massive $3.6 billion project at the statewide known as the “Middle Mile” broadband network.

The planned network, which will be the largest in the country, will span the entire state to help provide reliable high-speed Internet access to the millions of Californians who currently do not have it. About one in five Californians lack access to reliable, affordable high-speed Internet. When completed, funding for “last mile” efforts will support “middle mile” line internet connections to homes and businesses, as well as efforts to ensure that individuals can afford broadband service where it already exists.

D&K Engineering of San Diego acquired by Burke Porter Group

San Diego-based D&K Engineering was acquired by Michigan-based Burke Porter Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. D&K is a global provider of end-to-end product design and contract manufacturing services that helps companies in the medical and life sciences and other advanced technology industries bring to market breakthrough products and instruments based on Science.

D&K founders Scott Dennis and Alex Kunczynski will remain with the company, working closely with BPG’s leadership team and Rich Carone, who leads BPG’s medical and life sciences division.

“Scott and Alex have assembled an incredibly talented and passionate team, and we are excited to work closely with them as we continue to build BPG’s culture of innovation and reputation for customer satisfaction,” said said Carone.

Robin Duveen, Bryan Benso nominated
to lead Gafcon as co-CEOs
Robin Duveen, left, and Bryan Benso

Two veteran Gafcon executives have been named to lead the 35-year-old San Diego-based construction management company. President and COO Robin Duveen and Chief Development Officer Bryan Benso were both promoted, along with the title of co-CEO. Founder Yehudi ‘Gaf’ Gaffen will step down as CEO and assume the role of Chairman of the Board.

The two leaders have developed a collaborative workflow, emphasizing that they are fully aligned in their strategy and growth philosophy. Duveen focuses on internal operations and core businesses, while Benso handles external relations and development.

Duveen has been with the company since 1998, having held a position as Assistant Project Manager. Benso was among the first employees hired by Gafcon in the 1990s and identifies himself as “employee #12”.

San Diego State University again
named Fulbright HSI leader

For a second consecutive year, San Diego State University has been named Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State, a sign of its strong commitment to the international exchange program as a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI). SDSU is one of 43 colleges and universities on the 2022 list, announced at the annual conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities of San Diego, and is one of 24 doctoral institutions named.

The Fulbright Student Program offers scholarships for international study/research projects and for work as English teaching assistants abroad. Since 2005-2006, 100 SDSU students have received Fulbright scholarships, with the most recent cohort traveling to destinations such as eastern Armenia, South Korea, and Spain. Additionally, SDSU held a three-week program for international Fulbright scholars in July and August.

AgTech Hackathon scheduled for October 21-23 in Escondido

The City of Escondido and Fresh Brewed Tech are teaming up to bring the agtech community together at the San Diego AgTech Startup Hackathon October 21-23 at the Synergy CoWorking Center, North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido. The event will bring together farmers, technologists, community leaders, engineers and many others to better understand current issues in the agriculture and food system and find solutions. The October 21 session will take place from 3-5 p.m., with the hackathon kicking off from 5-10 p.m. The October 22 session is from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the October 23 session is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ionis, Sudberry Properties to build
manufacturing campus in oceanside

Similar to Innovate 78, Carlsbad-based Ionis Pharmaceuticals will build a new manufacturing campus in nearby Oceanside. Developed by Sudberry Properties, the new 217,000 square foot facility will support the company’s growing pipeline, new technologies and chemicals, doubling the size of its existing manufacturing operation in North County.

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MetroConnect Nano Pharma Solutions
enters into a manufacturing agreement with Mikart

MetroConnect company, Nano PharmaSolutions, has partnered with Mikart to bring its proprietary Nano Transformer into a clinical-stage manufacturing environment. The technology will help further enhance the San Diego company’s clinical and commercial development and capabilities. NPS joined World Trade Center San Diego on its recent trade mission to the Netherlands.

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Space Micro Wins US Air Force-Space Force Contract

San Diego-based Space Micro has been awarded a contract by the US Air Force and Space Force to further develop high frequency SATCOM capabilities for Software Defined Radios – orbital space platforms operating in radio frequencies crowded. Technology will improve the agility and resilience of our nation’s space communications.

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San Diego Regional EDC to move

San Diego Regional EDC is moving to UC San Diego Park & ​​Market and launching a new brand to mark the occasion. The new address, effective November 8, is 1100 Market St., Suite 438, San Diego 92101.

“Park & ​​Market will provide a major boost to our efforts and the efforts of many others working to create a more inclusive and diverse regional economy and build the workforce of the future,” said Mark Cafferty, President and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

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CREW San Diego will host the Women in Leadership program

CREW San Diego, a membership organization dedicated to promoting, educating and supporting professionals in the field of commercial real estate, will host its Women in Leadership podcast-style program on October 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 15 p.m., at SD Tech by Alexandrea at Park Common, s 9645 Scranton Road, San Diego 92121. Hosted by Mayor Rebecca Jones of San Marcos and featuring three other women leaders: Michele Vives, President of Douglas Wilson Companies; Lynn LaChapelle, Managing Director, Capital Markets – JLL; and Penny Maus, director, director of property and airport management for the city of San Diego.

Jack in the Box launches a new online order

Jack in the Box, one of the nation’s largest burger chains with more than 2,200 locations in 21 states, has launched an all-new ordering website and native mobile app. The updated app and site were developed in partnership with Bounteous, the digital innovation partner to the world’s most ambitious brands. Online ordering and the integrated mobile app offer a full suite of features, including full menu ordering, customization options, a locator, product and restaurant information, flexible delivery or pickup options, and an integrated loyalty program.

The task force eliminates more than
$15 million worth of illegal cannabis

Governor Gavin Newsom’s new Unified Law Enforcement Task Force is taking aggressive action to crack down on illegal cannabis operations – protecting communities and consumers across California and the United States from cannabis products. unregulated and potentially harmful cannabis. Led by the Law Enforcement Division of the Department of Cannabis Control and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the task force conducted an operation in a rural area of ​​Jupiter in Tuolumne County on 4 October, targeting unlicensed outdoor grow operations. Nine search warrants were served during this multi-agency operation. Officers eradicated 11,260 illegal cannabis plants and destroyed 5,237 pounds of illegal processed cannabis flowers, with an estimated retail value of more than $15 million, according to CDC.