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THE FUTURE OF Security

THE FUTURE OF Security

California Hopes to Further Refine Online Privacy

Proposition 24 would expand on the state’s existing consumer privacy law, and it would create a dedicated state agency to enforce those online protections. But not all user privacy advocates support the ballot measure.

By Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times  |  October 15, 2020
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Colorado Preps for Election Night Disinformation Problems

Bracing for a potential swell in foreign interference, the Centennial State has brought on a new team of national security experts to monitor and mitigate potential threats against county election systems.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  October 15, 2020
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Birmingham Reassures: Police Tech Won’t Use Facial Recognition

The city is purchasing software that will produce real-time images of crimes for the police headquarters, but officials have explicitly said the software does not include facial recognition technology.

By Greg Garrison, Alabama Media Group  |  October 14, 2020
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Widespread Unemployment Fraud Is Overwhelming State Systems

State government unemployment systems are under attack from fraudulent applications, as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs nationwide are being targeted by cybercriminals. And the situation is only getting worse.

By Daniel Lohrmann, Government Technology  |  October 14, 2020
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Why Are Local Schools the Latest Target for Hackers?

As cybercrime has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, more and more local school districts are under cyberattack. Experts say there are two main reasons why hackers are focusing on the local schools.

By John Wisely, Detroit Free Press  |  October 13, 2020
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San Francisco Sued for Allegedly Video Surveilling Protests

Civil rights activists filed the lawsuit against the city for allegedly tapping into over 400 privately owned surveillance cameras to track the protests over police brutality earlier this year.

By Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle  |  October 9, 2020
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Partisan Websites Try to Dupe Michiganders as Local News

These false websites have been prevalent since 2016 but an investigation found that the number of these fakes has tripled in 2020. And local news is a perfect place for disinformation due to greater levels of trust.

By Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press  |  October 8, 2020
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Unemployment Fraud Reveals States Swap Cybersecurity for Speed

Colorado is just one of many states that have had an immense number of unemployment claims to process due to COVID-19. However, the increased amount of fraud reveals that there are holes in identity security.

By Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post  |  October 6, 2020
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Reducing Cyber-risks in As-a-Service IT Agreements

Outsourcing government IT services to a number of smaller companies, rather than the monolithic contracts of the past, has become common practice, but ensuring all those contractors are secure is an ongoing challenge.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  October 6, 2020
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Understanding Foreign Interference in the Election

A new Rand report explores ideas and practices used by Russia and other hostile states to sow doubts about the election. The insights could help state and local government better understand and respond to the problem.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  October 2, 2020
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Detroit Approves Police Use of Facial Recognition Software

The City Council approved a nearly $200,000 facial recognition contract that will run through September 2022 but many see the tech as racist, discriminating for the sake of efficiency and they question its accuracy.

By Christine Ferretti and Sarah Rahal, The Detroit News  |  October 1, 2020
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