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A report on ed-tech practices at more than 100 U.S. K-12 school districts found that app use has proliferated since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating more data privacy considerations.
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed one piece of tech legislation into law and has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the other bills that have cleared the statehouse, including several related to IT and cybersecurity.
Some 34,000 voting machines and 4,000 ballot scanners are being tested ahead of the November elections. Concerns about election integrity and security have been high despite the lack of evidence of manipulation or errors.
The Department of Homeland Security released the long-anticipated Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. A separate NOFO for the Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program will follow.
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.
The Fremont County Board of Commissioners voted to extend the emergency declaration that followed an Aug. 27 cyber attack against government systems. This is the second time commissioners have voted to extend the declaration.
The federal data privacy bill under consideration is weaker than the privacy laws on the books in California and contains a provision that says the federal policy would override state laws. That’s unacceptable.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran announced the $750,000 educational grant for the Friends University cybersecurity program last week. The grant funding will go toward scholarships, technology and equipment.
A ransomware attack during Super Bowl week on San Francisco 49ers systems that breached nearly 21,000 individual ticket-holder and other files has resulted in a class action lawsuit filed against the organization.
A White House listening session this week explored the possible negative impacts related to social media platforms, and the Biden administration offered six core principles to increase accountability moving forward.
Colorado officials have determined a cyber attack discovered by Fremont County officials in mid-August and which has limited county services for three weeks was carried out by a ransomware variant.
A Fulton County special grand jury is looking at an election data breach some 200 miles south of metro Atlanta, which legal experts say suggests that prosecutors are seriously weighing racketeering charges.
The San Francisco 49ers have recently acknowledged that a ransomware attack during Super Bowl week that compromised its systems affected 20,930 individuals who may be victims of identity theft.
Half of all auto cyber attacks in history occurred in 2021 alone — up nearly 140% from 2020 — while automakers plan to add millions of additional connected vehicles to the roads in the coming years.
California lawmakers are working to block or amend a federal privacy proposal that could upend their state’s more comprehensive existing law. The federal proposal has the support of the tech industry.