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THE FUTURE OF Security

THE FUTURE OF Security

Pandemic Raises Cyberattack Fears; Election Security Trouble?

This week’s security newsletter covers the growing concerns about hacker opportunities while states and localities struggle to manage operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, what to do about election security?

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  April 7, 2020
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Pa. Only Shares COVID-19 Information With Some Counties

Only 10 of Pennsylvania’s counties or municipalities are allowed to have detailed data about infectious diseases in the area. An antiquated law is frustrating officials and threatening to further spread the coronavirus.

By Jonathan D. Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  |  April 7, 2020
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Alabama Shares Addresses, Not Names, of COVID-19 Patients

The addresses of confirmed coronavirus cases are being shared with emergency personnel to protect responders from the infection. That despite concerns that patient privacy is being breached.

By Dennis Pillion, Alabama Media Group  |  April 4, 2020
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Surveillance Can’t Be the Management Plan for COVID-19

Anonymized cellphone data are being used to track social distancing effects, but the public shouldn’t be complacent with the method. This pandemic will set the precedent for how these crises are managed in the future.

By The Los Angeles Times  |  April 4, 2020
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Boston Mayor Keeps City Up to Date on Coronavirus with Tech

The city has launched a number of data-enabled digital applications over the past few weeks as a way of keeping residents updated about the public health crisis rippling across the state.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  April 2, 2020
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Florida Now Faces Consequences of Ignored Website Problems

Auditors had been reporting major problems with the state’s unemployment website since 2015 but only now, when thousands are suddenly unemployed due to the coronavirus, are officials paying attention.

By Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times  |  April 2, 2020
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Mass. Requests Stop to Public Release of Coronavirus Cases

The Department of Public Health is asking cities to stop the release of coronavirus case numbers in their communities. But the request doesn’t prohibit communities from releasing the data and some have no plans to stop.

By Cody Shepard, The Enterprise  |  March 31, 2020
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Coronavirus Fears Heightened by Infodemic of Misinformation

Not only do officials have to mitigate the real concerns brought on by COVID-19, they also have to manage the infodemic that’s spreading misinformation. “Part of what I spend my day doing is just dispelling that.”

By Kristian Hernandez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram  |  March 28, 2020
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As Election Security Concerns Rise, Paperless Voting Falls

Once heralded as the solution to most election woes, our affinity for paperless voting technology has dimmed. Today, experts consider it one of the biggest liabilities, and favor a return to paper ballots.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus Pandemic Pushes Limits of Patient Privacy

In the past, health officials have released information about infected patients for public safety. Some people believe this should happen again to prevent the spread of COVID-19, others believe it’s a violation of privacy.

By Doug Fraser, Cape Cod Times  |  March 25, 2020
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HHS Cyberattacked and Coronavirus Raises Vulnerability Fears

The attack on the federal agency comes as government officials scramble to respond to the rapidly spreading virus as fears grow that the U.S. is vulnerable to cyber adversaries. Mobile voting security takes a hit.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  March 24, 2020
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