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The Future of Security

A coalition of state universities, industry and government partners will receive $2 million in two-year grant funding from the National Security Agency to develop a cybersecurity workforce.
Millions of crime predictions left on an unsecured server show PredPol mostly avoided Whiter neighborhoods, targeted Black and Latino neighborhoods.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education planned on thanking the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for finding a recent data vulnerability but the Parson administration did not use the note of gratitude.
Across the nation, state lawmakers have enacted laws that require companies to report cyber attacks to the state to gain a better understanding of how to protect data in the future. But one size does not fit all when it comes to cybersecurity.
To fight false narratives and foster trust in reliable information, governments can invest in local news, support empathy-building initiatives, and ensure election processes are traceable, a new report says.
From October 2020 to May 2021, nearly 7,000 people lost more than $80 million on fake cryptocurrency schemes, according to the Federal Trade Commission. States are issuing fines and orders to try to prevent future fraud.
The California Highway Patrol used helicopters to survey the racial justice protests that took place in response to George Floyd’s death; the same tactics were not used when groups gathered to protest Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Research shows there are ways to fight fraud, but the bill contains very little language aimed at doing so.
The state will spend $800,000 to offer free credit monitoring to teachers whose Social Security numbers were left vulnerable from a flaw in the education department’s database that was found by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
California requires law enforcement to report the controversial warrants to a state database—but The Markup found massive discrepancies in how they’re reported.
Government organizations need a road map that sets the stage for the future, accounts for leadership changes, includes input from all players and gets a regular review and refresh.
The state Supreme Court will determine if police should be allowed to track people via their cellphone location without a court-issued warrant. The court will deliver a decision in the coming months.
During the second week of the federal Annual National Cybersecurity Summit, experts shared their thoughts on the roles of states and federal agencies when it comes to dealing with cyber attacks within state borders.
Hundreds of Pennsylvania residents are worried that personal information may be released as the state’s Senate Republicans begin a review of the 2020 election results, despite no evidence of voter fraud.
Cybersecurity insurance is becoming more expensive and harder to get, and some insurers are backing out of the market altogether. Where does that leave state and local government?
The Missouri governor has issued legal threats against the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the paper found a state data risk that left 100,000 social security numbers vulnerable, despite the paper not being responsible.
As attacks on state and local organizations become the rule and not the exception, leaders need to reprioritize their defenses. And they may need to confront a difficult question: Should we pay up?
Are stricter privacy regulations a good thing? As more state and local governments look to protect data privacy, a couple of industry experts point out some of the challenges associated with these types of policies.
Thousands of Arizonans fell victim to identity theft during the pandemic and had their relied-upon jobless payments denied or delayed. Now the state will modernize and upgrade the system’s security to prevent future fraud.
Election officials used to be able to sink into the background but as disinformation spreads officials now must become proactive and transparent about election security and processes, despite zero evidence of fraud.
The attack against the Department of Health and Social Services could have released personal and health information to the hackers. The state will spend $215,000 for free credit monitoring for those who want it.
In one town, police say products like Nextdoor and Ring are helping fight crime. But racism and vigilantism are pervasive on safety platforms.
There have been plenty of failures along the way, but there’s no question coordination between levels of government has improved over the past 20 years, along with security capabilities for blocking catastrophic attacks.
Since 9/11, it’s the only state Capitol in the Northeast without metal detectors and one of only eight nationwide that anyone can bring a gun into, whether the firearm is concealed or carried openly.
Researchers are alarmed by the recent disclosure of sensitive election system software by an ally of former President Donald Trump, and argue the exposure was tantamount to a serious breach of election system security.
With staffs stressed by the pandemic and threats growing, managed security service providers can bring up-to-date expertise to bear while helping governments hold down costs.
States are launching cyber navigator programs to help election officials protect their systems from cyber threats, by helping break down the highly technical skills of cybersecurity into practical next steps.
The White House, tech firms, insurers and educational organizations announced near-future steps to improve national cybersecurity, including new NIST guidelines and tech support for governments looking to upgrade defenses.
The Illinois county’s auditor’s office was phished into wiring $115,000 to a fraudulent bank account. Board members want those involved to resign, but no staffing changes have been made yet.
A police employee accidentally deleted 22 terabytes of case files when trying to migrate data between servers. Officials say they’re now working to recover what they can and prevent future issues.