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The Future of Security

Some rates have more than doubled, and many insurers require new security protections.
It’s increasingly difficult to move about – both in the physical world and online – without being tracked. Often, companies or government agencies can even track personal data without a warrant.
A report from Forbes Advisor found that between 2017 and 2021, 325,291 residents across the state were victims of data breaches, which amounted to more than $3.7 billion in losses. Compromised email was the costliest breach type.
Despite a growing divide between the Democratic and Republican parties, both sides of the aisle can agree on the need for reliable voting technology and protections from bad actors heading into the next election.
Reports of ransomware attacks and phishing emails have grown across the state, with victims paying millions of dollars to online scammers. The FBI says one of the best ways to fight cyber crime is keeping systems updated.
Purchasing cyber defenses, training and insurance are budgeting decisions — and financial officers need number-driven risk models that show them how far each investment may go toward reducing risks of financial losses from cyber incidents.
There are eight candidates hoping to replace Kim Wyman’s position and serve out the remainder of her term, which ends in 2024. Voters will elect the next Secretary of State in November’s election.
Local election officials received assurances that security is a top priority and something that is continually adjusted and updated. Officials claim that election integrity is an everyday task, not just on election day.
Jonathan Wisbey stepped down on June 5 from his role as chief technology officer for Mayor Cantrell’s administration. Wisbey is at least the seventh high-level official to leave Cantrell’s administration since the beginning of her second term.
As cybersecurity continues to concern state governments, many have turned to task forces to address issues such as ransomware, phishing and other threats. But what have they accomplished so far?
Federal cybersecurity grants are expected “in the coming months,” with CISA still mulling feedback and finalizing. Local governments should use the time to ensure they’re part of any state planning processes.
Every candidate running for Wyoming’s secretary of state has said election integrity was their top priority, even as several of the candidates believe the state’s 2020 elections were without fraud.
A report from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency found the devices have security vulnerabilities that put them at risk for cyber attacks. Other voting equipment may be similarly at-risk.
The new position is part of the elections security and public information campaign run by the secretary of state. Republicans are calling it a partisan move. The specialist will earn an annual salary of $150,000.
One year after the Colonial Pipeline hack — and the IST Ransomware Task Force's report — attacks remain frequent. But government is making strides and recognizing the issue as a national security matter.
A group of nonprofits and corporations released a report this year, calling for self-regulation to protect patients’ data when it’s outside of the health-care system. But critics say it shouldn’t be trusted.
Issues ranging from severe paper shortages to cyber threats and disinformation are looming ahead of the 2022 elections, threatening voter confidence. Officials shared their concerns with members of the U.S. Senate May 19.
The predominantly Black college in Illinois announced they were closing their doors as a result of COVID-19 and cyber attack disruptions. Who’s next?
As insurance costs and requirements rise, some municipalities are looking to self-insurance and service providers’ cyber incident warranties to help in cases of ransomware and other incidents.
The city’s Community Police Commission recommended this week that the city have a policy and community discussion prior to using any kind of surveillance equipment to prevent invading residents’ civil rights.
City councilors and members of the public have expressed concern that the purchase of a drone could negatively impact the homeless population. The city manager holds the purchasing power over the police drone.
A two-year investigation by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology found that ICE has created a large-scale surveillance system that has collected data on hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Earlier this year, the IRS walked back its selfie requirement for identity verification after a swell of privacy concerns; but several states continue to use to collect portraits, which could be stored for years.
Four cities in the region have proposed using millions of pandemic relief funds for surveillance cameras to aid law enforcement and increase public safety. But there are concerns about the privacy risks.
Cities are looking to ensure privacy is considered when weighing surveillance technology procurements and data handling procedures. Oakland, Calif., introduced a privacy advisory commission, but it’s not the only model at play.
The Louisiana city’s police department wants to deploy nine license plate readers to help identify stolen cars and drivers with outstanding warrants. But critics worry about the tech’s infringement on privacy rights.
Federal lawmakers are asking how to better help the critical infrastructure sector defend against cyber threats. The answer may involve tailored, actionable intelligence and minimum cybersecurity requirements.
A New York state audit found that the school district’s decision to award a contract for a now-illegal facial recognition security system without competitive bidding was legal, despite its lack of transparency.
Similar past bills that would have allowed greater control over the collection, sale and storage of personal data did not advance as far as this proposed bill. The legislative session closes on May 4.
Officials reported that the county paid out $447,372 in a series of nine payments to a fraud scheme claiming to be an approved county vendor in late 2019. The county’s net loss was more than $216,000.
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