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The state’s Employment Development Department says that it was flooded with 47,000 suspicious claims in early May, which would have amounted to as much as $560 million. There has not yet been word who is behind the fraudulent claims.
The amount of data that municipalities deal with has grown exponentially. Local governments are particularly invested in keeping things secure because of the high level of sensitive information they store and the number of systems they use to share data with state and federal government programs.
Federal lawmakers are asking how to better help the critical infrastructure sector defend against cyber threats. The answer may involve tailored, actionable intelligence and minimum cybersecurity requirements.
A New York state audit found that the school district’s decision to award a contract for a now-illegal facial recognition security system without competitive bidding was legal, despite its lack of transparency.
Officials reported that the county paid out $447,372 in a series of nine payments to a fraud scheme claiming to be an approved county vendor in late 2019. The county’s net loss was more than $216,000.
As tensions between the U.S. and Russia mount, Cyberspace Solarium Commission members and critical infrastructure owners discussed the work ahead to collaborate more effectively on cyber defense.
Eight jurisdictions say they have either approved or installed automatic license plate readers, nine reported having no plans to consider the devices and three are still undecided.
Recipients of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers awards include county CIOs, agency leaders, state CISOs, diversity advocates and technologists.
As the risk of cyber attacks increases amid the Russian war on Ukraine, many companies are finding that filling open cybersecurity positions is not easy; job openings have increased 29 percent since last year.
Nearly one-third of cities and counties would be unable to tell if they were under attack in cyberspace. Many lack sound IT practices, while rigid policies, politics and bureaucracy can hinder better defense practices.
Two platforms are offering another layer of security in the voting process; one offers voters real-time alerts if registration information changes, while another flags unusual patterns of record updates for election officials.
The Alabama city voted unanimously to install cameras to support ShotSpotter, an auditory gunshot detection technology, which has raised concerns about potential governmental monitoring and data collection.
An annual report from the K12 Security Information Exchange says ransomware has surpassed data breach attacks as the largest category of cyber attacks on schools, often coming from sophisticated criminals overseas.
Congress is considering a flurry of proposed revisions to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, but some experts say reforms must be nuanced and carefully researched to avoid unintended consequences.
To combat mental health disorders among teenagers, the Legislature’s Children’s Committee gave unanimous approval to a bill that would require parental consent for children less than 16 years old to engage in social media.
The California city was victim to a larger scheme that targeted several municipalities across the nation, but some wonder why city officials waited two years to provide information on the scam.