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THE FUTURE OF Security

THE FUTURE OF Security

Virginia Approves Limits on Police Use of Facial Recognition

The unanimously approved bill will implement a “de facto ban” where local police departments will need approval from the General Assembly before use and they will need to maintain full control of the technology.

By Jonathan Edwards, The Virginian-Pilot  |  February 26, 2021
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Lawmaker Proposes to Ban AI and Its Discriminatory Impact

In response to reports detailing AI tech's disproportionate effect on communities of color, Washington state Sen. Bob Hasegawa introduced a bill to ban AI tech and regulate automated decision systems.

By Katya Maruri, Government Technology  |  February 26, 2021
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Cyberattacks Surged in 2020, Mostly Hitting Health Care

Cyberattacks increased 214 percent globally in 2020, compared to the year prior, according to a new report. Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and Vietnam were the major sources of attacks against the health-care sector.

By Gopal Ratnam, CQ-Roll Call  |  February 23, 2021
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The Need for Increased Cybersecurity Against QR Code Abuse

QR code use is growing as a convenient input mechanism to make mobile transactions more efficient. But Qshing, or QR code abuse, is also becoming a cyberthreat.

By Dan Lohrmann, Government Technology  |  February 22, 2021
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Despite Security Concerns, Online Voting Advances

In nine states, some jurisdictions have allowed voting via computer or app.

By Matt Vasilogambros and Lindsey Van Ness, Stateline  |  February 19, 2021
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County Rejects Ransom Demand. Hackers Expose Sensitive Data

An October cyberattack on Chatham County’s computer network tried to extort $2.4 million, but the North Carolina county refused to pay. An investigation found the hackers posted personal data for sale on the “dark Web.”

By Tammy Grubb, The Herald-Sun  |  February 17, 2021
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Hospital App to Share Anonymized Patient Data for Research

Several major hospital systems across the country will aggregate the data and make it available to researchers, other health-care companies through an app, called Truveta. Many have legal and privacy concerns, however.

By Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times  |  February 12, 2021
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After Mass Data Breach, State Wants Improved Cybersecurity

Washington state has been the victim of massive unemployment fraud and a data breach that exposed 1 million people’s personal data. Lawmakers want to improve cybersecurity and data sharing to prevent future cyberattacks.

By Laurel Demkovich, The Spokesman-Review  |  February 11, 2021
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Hackers Attempt to Poison Florida City’s Water Supply

A cyberattack on Oldsmar’s treatment system tried to increase the amount of lye in the water, but it was caught before damage was done. The county has disabled remote access to the system and is investigating the attack.

By Jack Evans, Tampa Bay Times  |  February 9, 2021
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California to Require Body Cams on Correctional Officers

The state is paying San Diego prison guards to wear body cameras in an attempt to increase transparency about the treatment of disabled inmates. The facility will also install a surveillance system.

By Andrew Sheeler, The Sacramento Bee  |  February 9, 2021
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Government’s Supply-Chain Vulnerabilities — and What to Do About Them

Supply chains are the backbone of the public and private sector. The digital components of these complex systems are at increasing risk of being disrupted, degraded or destroyed.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  February 9, 2021
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