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THE FUTURE OF Security

THE FUTURE OF Security

States’ Cybersecurity Opportunities in a New Presidential Administration

While the Trump White House has done some good things, the president-elect has shown genuine interest in the issue, and more federal resources are becoming available.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  December 15, 2020
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COVID-19 Scams Likely to Increase as Vaccine Nears

Limited supplies of the coronavirus vaccine in the coming weeks could contribute to attempts by imposters to sell counterfeit versions of approved versions. And the risk isn’t likely to go away anytime soon.

By Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press  |  December 11, 2020
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San Diego Would Benefit from City Expansion of AI: Study

A new study reveals that 62 percent of local companies expect to see artificial intelligence work expand in the next year, giving the city a step up in the fast-growing tech sector.

By Mike Freeman, The San Diego Union-Tribune  |  December 11, 2020
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Florida Raids Home of Suspected Hacker, COVID Whistleblower

The Health Department claims a former employee, Rebekah Jones, “hacked” their system to send messages encouraging others to speak up about the state’s COVID response. Jones filed a COVID whistleblower complaint in May.

By Ana Ceballos, Sarah Blaskey and Nicholas Nehamas, The Miami Herald  |  December 9, 2020
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State Shocked by Cyberattack That Audits Warned for Years

Just before Thanksgiving, Baltimore County Public Schools were hit by a ransomware attack, worrying school districts across the state. But state audits have routinely found vulnerabilities officials ignored.

By Lillian Reed, Alison Knezevich and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun  |  December 4, 2020
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Wisconsin Capital Bans City’s Facial Recognition Use

The Madison City Council voted to ban its city agencies from using facial recognition technology or information gathered from facial surveillance. The ban extends to the city’s police department.

By Logan Wroge, The Wisconsin State Journal  |  December 3, 2020
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How The Biden Administration Might Change Cybersecurity

The incoming administration could mean significant changes for technology, especially where federal cybersecurity is concerned. The increased attention will no doubt mean big changes for state and local governments as well.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  December 2, 2020
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CISA Director Chris Krebs Fired Over Election Dispute

Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was removed from his position after disputing President Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  December 1, 2020
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While The Election Was “Secure” There Were Still Problems

Despite fears of some sort of cybersecurity apocalypse during this year's presidential election, federal officials say 2020 had no meaningful interference by foreign adversaries. Other issues, however, have held fast.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  November 23, 2020
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Los Angeles Police Ban Use of Third-Party Facial Recognition

The police department has prohibited officers and detectives from using any facial recognition software that isn’t the county’s official platform, which only uses criminal booking photographs.

By Richard Winton and Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times  |  November 18, 2020
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New Orleans Police Dept. Admits to Facial Recognition Use

After years of denial, NOPD has confirmed the use of the technology. Officials have remained vague on details, including the specific software, the frequency of use and how long the tech has been used.

By Michael Isaac Stein, The Times-Picayune  |  November 17, 2020
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