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THE FUTURE OF Security

THE FUTURE OF Security

State Capitols Bolster Cybersecurity as Violent Threats Grow

Legislative IT officials must be prepared for both in-person and remote attacks, cybersecurity experts say. Laptops and other electronic devices should be locked or secured and hard drives encrypted.

By Jenni Bergal, Stateline.org  |  January 19, 2021
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What Does A Biden Presidency Mean for Privacy Policy?

A confluence of social and political pressures is making a comprehensive federal privacy law seem inevitable. The incoming Biden administration could help ensure legislation heads in the right direction.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  January 18, 2021
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SolarWinds Says It’s Closer to Finding Source of Cyberattack

The Austin-based software company at the center of the data breach that impacted hundreds of companies, including several government agencies, continues to find pieces of malware that may have led to the hack.

By Kara Carlson, Austin American-Statesman  |  January 15, 2021
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The SolarWinds Cyberattack and the Need for Hyper-Vigilance

The focus has been on the attack's impact on federal agencies and the private sector, but state and local governments need to inventory their vulnerabilities and prepare for a long recovery.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  January 12, 2021
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SolarWinds Cyberattack Brings Attention to Supply Chain Security

An alleged hack of federal agencies by Russian operators could precipitate more widespread concern for supply chain cybersecurity — a silver lining to a scandal that continues to get bigger, uglier and more complicated.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  December 23, 2020
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California Police Broke Pledge Not to Share Data With ICE

Pasadena and Long Beach, Calif., police have been adamant that their license plate data would not be sent to ICE, but now records suggest that they are sending the info directly to Homeland Security Investigations.

By Suhauna Hussain and Johana Bhuiyan, Los Angeles Times  |  December 21, 2020
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Trump Denies Russia’s Involvement in Hack, Confusing Experts

Despite Trump’s continued downplaying of the massive cyberattack, several experts and senators are speaking up to warn of its severity and the worrisome response from the president.

By Laura King and Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times  |  December 21, 2020
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Dominion Voting CEO Denies Allegations, Claims Disinformation

The voting equipment company assured Michigan lawmakers that the many conspiracy theories surrounding the election night error in Antrim County were baseless, dangerous disinformation.

By Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press  |  December 16, 2020
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New Orleans Police Have Used Facial Recognition for Years

New records reveal that the New Orleans Police Department has been partnering with state police to use facial recognition software since, at least, 2018. The city did not admit use of the technology until last month.

By Matt Sledge, The Times-Picayune  |  December 16, 2020
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Missouri City Attacked after Manager Warns of Cyber Risk

In July, Independence, Mo., invested $4 million to upgrade its outdated computer network with increased security. Despite the effort, the city has suffered a major outage from ransomware.

By Kevin Hardy, The Kansas City Star  |  December 14, 2020
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Grim Projections for Cybersecurity Worsened by Pandemic

Before COVID-19 swept the globe, experts were already predicting a disastrous year in cybersecurity. The pandemic offered hackers new attack vectors and proved governments must always be ready for the unexpected.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  December 15, 2020
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