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Kansas Remote Tampering Case Raises Water Treatment Concerns

Apr 13, 2021

A former employee of the Post Rock Rural Water District is accused of tampering with water treatment systems after leaving the job two months earlier. The incident, and others like it, raise serious cybersecurity concerns.

Minnesota Crafts Privacy Principles for Emerging Transit Tech

Apr 13, 2021

Minnesota’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Alliance is developing a privacy and security framework to help guide current and future smart transportation infrastructure and vehicle projects.

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Will Regulating Social Media Misinformation Fix the Internet?

Apr 13, 2021

A congressional hearing last month took up the sticky issue of when and how to hold companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter accountable for misinformation. Lawmakers are now faced with a regulatory maze.

Ex-Employee Remotely Hacks Kansas Water Treatment Plant

Apr 13, 2021

A former employee of a water district plant in Ellsworth, Kan., allegedly logged in and attempted to tamper with the public drinking water system. This is just one of several recent hacks on water systems nationwide.

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Cybersecurity Could Get $31M Infusion from Florida House

Apr 12, 2021

Cybersecurity projects led by the Florida Digital Service and other state agencies could soon receive up to $31 million in funding. However, it all hinges on the passage of House Bill 1297.

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Vaccination Passports Raise Privacy, Equity Concerns for Some

Apr 12, 2021

Republican politicians and privacy advocates are bristling over so-called vaccination passports, with some states moving to restrict their use. Critics say they create different classes of citizens.

Pentagon Races to Shore Up Supply Chain Security

Apr 09, 2021

When it comes to the building blocks of digital products, U.S. defense and intelligence agencies are still struggling to ensure those parts are not just available when needed — but also secure.

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Several Idaho Police Departments Have Used Clearview AI Tech

Apr 08, 2021

Various Idaho law enforcement agencies are testing out controversial facial recognition software, Clearview AI.

Government IT Must Strike a Balance Between Security, Access

Apr 08, 2021

Officials from Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles were part of a government IT panel at the oktane21 conference, reflecting on how they’ve guided city government systems toward an environment that is both secure and accessible.

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Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Privacy and Data Security Bill

Apr 08, 2021

Oregon legislators have proposed a bill to establish guidelines outlined by the state’s CIO office to address data privacy concerns. Other state legislatures are looking at similar laws.

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Could Regulating Social Media Companies Fix the Internet?

Apr 07, 2021

A congressional hearing last month took up the sticky issue of when and how to hold companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter accountable for misinformation. Lawmakers are now faced with a regulatory maze.

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North Dakota Takes Multipronged Approach to Cybersecurity

Apr 07, 2021

The North Dakota Information Technology Department is focusing on several new initiatives to increase cybersecurity across government agencies as well as for the individuals they serve.

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NC Police Have Secretly Been Using Clearview AI Tech

Apr 07, 2021

More than 60 law enforcement agencies in North Carolina have been named in a report centered on the use of a controversial facial recognition tool that relies on facial images scraped from social media profiles.

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CISO Tim Roemer Tapped to Lead Arizona Homeland Security

Apr 07, 2021

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed state Chief Information Security Officer Tim Roemer to direct the state Department of Homeland Security. Roemer will bring new cybersecurity focuses to the department.

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Florida’s New Data Privacy Law Nets Bipartisan Support

Apr 07, 2021

Florida state legislators are giving bipartisan support to legislation that imposes new disclosure requirements on companies that collect information on their customers to sell to data brokers.

California-Inspired Data Privacy Bill Gets Florida’s Support

Apr 07, 2021

Legislation modeled after California’s law, which was enacted last year and requires disclosures from companies that would collect and sell user data, has received bipartisan support from state legislators.

Many N.C. Police Departments Used Controversial Clearview AI

Apr 07, 2021

At least 60 law enforcement agencies across the state likely used the controversial facial recognition app that mines photos from social media users without their consent. In total, the app was used up to 5,000 times.

Opinion: Recent Hacks Prove U.S. Needs Federal Privacy Rules

Apr 06, 2021

Data from the recent Facebook breach appeared to be several years old and Health Net did not disclose the details of their own breach until months later. Would a national privacy law change things for the better?

Why We Don’t Need Another Cyber ‘Wake-Up Call’

Apr 06, 2021

We've had plenty already, yet we react the same way to every new attack. The question is, are we awake? We need to do a better job of learning from our failures and preparing for the attacks to come.

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Mississippi CISO Has a New Title, But the Same Job

Apr 05, 2021

CISO, or data services director? The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services recently updated its website, a source told Government Technology, resulting in department officials having two titles.

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Accelerating Digital Transformation for Government Agencies

Apr 06, 2021

Digital transformation has become a ubiquitous term in the business world in recent years, but it’s not happening solely in the private sector. Agencies across federal, state, and local governments have taken steps to adopt new technologies and modernize IT so they can better perform their work.

In a Zero Trust World, Compliance Doesn’t Equal Security

Mar 30, 2021

An agency can run a completely compliant network and still be breached by a trusted user’s account being exposed.

Hackers Take Over Security Cameras Around The World

Mar 26, 2021

These unmanaged and IoT devices have little or no security, exposing risk to any organization and their customers especially when confidential data is obtained.

Top 3 Market Trends for SOAR Solutions

Mar 24, 2021

Security teams today are still overwhelmed by a never-ending barrage of cyberattacks, immense workloads, and fast burnout rates.

Explore the Adversary Universe

Mar 23, 2021

It doesn’t matter whether we are discussing a ransomware attack, an advanced nation-state or politically motivated hacktivists — it’s not a malware problem, it’s an adversary problem.

How SLTTs Can Implement a Defense-in-Depth Cybersecurity Strategy

Mar 18, 2021

Defense-in-depth applies layers of controls and mitigations to systems and networks, providing redundancy and reducing the likelihood of a successful cyberattack or a single point of failure.

Why 3 Government Agencies are Relying on Hardware-Based MFA with YubiKeys

Mar 03, 2021

America’s government is under attack. To put it more accurately, its governments are under attack, all the time, at every level — federal, state, and local — from opportunistic scammers, sophisticated cybercriminals, and even state actors.

Future Forward: Cybersecurity 2021 Predictions

Mar 01, 2021

It’s 2021. Where is my encryption-breaking dolphin?

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