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The Future of Security

Experts worry that social media apps that have positioned themselves as right-winged alternatives, like Parler and Gab, may promote disinformation about the upcoming midterm elections, which could incite violence.
New research has found that federal law does not currently extend the security protections users receive over their phone’s personal data to modern vehicles, which often pull information from the driver’s phone.
In the two weeks following a cyber attack against the state’s Department of Health servers, more than 28,500 residents have tested positive. The system was taken offline as a precaution but not all data was restored immediately.
Governments will be in healthier posture in December 2022 if they seriously address the cybersecurity staffing gap, keep an eye on their security supply chains and begin moving to a zero-trust framework.
Employees reported evidence of cheating and widespread use of counterfeit ID documents with the online testing system, but the DMV platform was restarted in February, months before security issues were fixed.
The controversial lab uses DNA to create “virtual mugshots” of crime suspects. Defense advocates consider the images unreliable. Police use of the company has continued more than a year after City Hall said the arrangement had been terminated.
As pandemic regulation creeps beyond privacy to protect public health, South Korea is developing an entire “smart city” to better understand how to regulate technology to keep the benefits of smart living without losing data privacy.
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.