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The Future of Security

Gov. Larry Hogan has barred executive agencies from using the social media platform and other “Chinese and Russian-influenced products and platforms” due to cybersecurity risks, according to an emergency directive.
Auditors revealed that the cyber attack led to money being misappropriated but that port officials have been able to recover approximately $250,000 through insurance so far. The agency has since received federal aid to boost security.
North Carolina CIO Jim Weaver and former Washington CISO Vinod Brahmapuram explain obstacles and tips and tricks for states looking to better collaborate with local partners and extend cybersecurity support statewide.
The data tool enables law enforcement officers to see “patterns of life,” where and when people work and live, with whom they associate and what places they visit.
CISOs are gaining attention outside the IT office and cyber funding isn’t a top challenge — for the first time in survey history. But CISOs still wrestle with talent gaps and need to strengthen local relationships to build whole-of-state approaches.
When state and local government suffers a cyber attack, officials are faced with a dilemma: How much is the public entitled to know? How much can you reveal while keeping systems secure?
The Georgia county will amend its relationship with Konnech, whose founder was recently arrested for allegedly stealing poll worker data, to ensure voting information is stored securely on servers controlled by the county.
With the 2022 midterms looming, elections officials around the country are working to keep false claims out of the headlines, push for free and fair elections, and foster constituent trust in the process.
Keeping up strong data breach defenses is tricky as technologies evolve and governments adjust to hybrid environments. Maricopa County CISO Lester Godsey explains why data inventorying, vendor risk management and cybersecurity audits are key.
The city has partnered with CrowdStrike as part of a New York state-created shared services program that will use $30 million to boost local government cyber defenses. The program will save Buffalo $75,000 a year.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Sept. 27 that forbids California-based companies from giving out geolocation data, search histories and other personal information for out-of-state warrants, including those pertaining to abortions.
Wheat Ridge, Colo., has decided to not pay $5 million in a ransomware operation that forced the city to close City Hall to the public for more than a week. Instead, the city will restore files from viable backups on its own, without the hacker’s help.
They will be allowed to temporarily monitor live video feeds from privately owned surveillance cameras in certain circumstances without first obtaining a warrant under a new policy.
The Ohio city hopes to, through a partnership with Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University, develop artificial intelligence technology to identify illegal dumping and alert authorities.
Residents of the Pennsylvania county voiced concerns about election security, including ballot drop boxes, voter fraud and ballot counting machines, at last week’s county commissioners’ meeting.
Adversarial foreign nations might use data about specific politicians to blackmail them or troves of data about the public to refine disinformation campaigns, according to a Senate hearing. Getting that data could entail hacking or simply purchasing from data brokers.
Despite no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election, conservative activists want the state to unplug electronic voting machines and use paper-only ballots in an attempt to reinforce election security.
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act has been delayed in the Senate Judiciary Committee after an amendment introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz to prohibit censorship “collusion” passed by an 11 to 10 vote.
Twenty months after the video was created, security camera footage was made public that contains evidence of a Trump supporter taking sensitive data from voting equipment in Coffee County.
From call records to sensors, your phone may reveal more about you than you think. Even a burner phone paid for with cash can reveal your identity and where you’ve been.
Steve Nichols, chief technology officer at Georgia Technology Authority, offers his observations and predictions for what's trending and what's to come with regard to cyber incident notification laws.
The Maine Technology Asset Fund, a state-funded $45 million business development program, which has produced little public information, helps protect taxpayer investments, experts say.
FBI offices across the nation are increasing security after threats against law enforcement officers have grown following the agency’s search at Mar-a-Lago. Several Pennsylvania residents have been arrested.
A bill that would have allowed prosecutors to sue social media companies for addicting their children to their online platforms died on Thursday, Aug. 11, just ahead of the Technology and Policy Summit.
The U.S needs defined metrics and more data about cyber happenings across the nation, experts say. Otherwise, it’ll struggle to understand which practices and policies are most effective and where to invest more heavily.
Just two weeks after the city opened the door for police use of the technology, the council implemented more restrictions on facial recognition use, including a judicial requirement for searches. Some think the city can still do more.
Higher ed’s complex array of systems creates a large attack surface, and institutions are likely to pay ransom. Meanwhile, K-12 schools struggle with cyber staffing but more often resist extortion, a global report finds.  
In response to the chaos that occurred during the 2020 election, City Clerk Janice Winfrey announced plans to increase security at the election sites and ballot tabulator location. Additional police will also be downtown.
Some rates have more than doubled, and many insurers require new security protections.
It’s increasingly difficult to move about – both in the physical world and online – without being tracked. Often, companies or government agencies can even track personal data without a warrant.
A report from Forbes Advisor found that between 2017 and 2021, 325,291 residents across the state were victims of data breaches, which amounted to more than $3.7 billion in losses. Compromised email was the costliest breach type.
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