Grant Sarver September 4, 2020

A 16-year-old was arrested for a cyber attack against the Miami-Dade County School District in an attempt to overwhelm the district’s online learning system. “The suspect was charged with Computer Use in an Attempt to Defraud — a third-degree felony, and Interference with an Educational Institution — a second-degree misdemeanor,” according to ABC News. Online only classes and tech savvy teenagers don’t seem to mix very well.

In fact, our increasingly online world, particularly in times of COVID-19, has made us vulnerable to these kinds of attacks. Government entities are no exception and need help protecting themselves.

Kent County, Michigan, is seeking vendors for quotes for a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) product for the Kent County Information Technology Department. There are 4 options that entities may apply to. They include Bitglass and Netskope and have options for one or three years. Services include: secure web gateway, malware protection, unmanaged app control, and CASB API-enabled protection. Quotes are due by September 15.


Harris County in Texas is requesting proposals to provide a cybersecurity risk assessment and penetration test for its Community Services Department. The risk assessment must, “include the evaluation of all technical, procedural/administrative, and physical controls that make up this business application environment.” And the penetrations test must, “be focused on finding directly exploitable vulnerabilities or other compromised pathways that could lead to this environment’s internal network resources or impact the security of proprietary or sensitive information.” Bids for this opportunity are due September 14.

A cyberattack can be perpetuated by an angsty teenager trying to get out of school or a powerful national government trying to steal sensitive information. Either way, our online systems and worlds need protecting, and bidding on government contracts is a great way to start.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.