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The Federal Trade Commission reported that in the third quarter of this year, it received 134,366 reports of phone call fraud, with nearly $165 million in reported money lost.
Wapello County, Iowa, has taken strides in ensuring that its employees are training on cybersecurity, but the county still has work to do, as it falls below an 80 percent compliance rate.
Officials in Lake County, Ohio, have investigated a data breach attempt during primaries in May. Although the hackers didn't steal any useful information, the incident caught the attention of state and federal eyes.
Users’ personal data is constantly at risk of being stolen. But if you feel things have gotten worse, it's not your imagination. As the pandemic moved more people online, cyber criminals took notice.
The Ohio House of Representatives voted in favor of the Ohio Computer Crimes Act, which, among other things, will allow for faster prosecution of cyber criminals by removing the need to calculate damages to victims.
The Coalition of City CISOs aims to fill a professional networking gap by helping CISOs of cities and counties share advice and threat intelligence, and presents the local perspective to federal partners and policymakers.
Most states don't mandate that their agencies report any cyber incidents that occur. However, a new legislative trend shows that state lawmakers are gradually recognizing the importance of incident reporting.
In Nevada, Elko County commissioners have asked the county clerk to consider alternatives to Dominion voting machines, the election technology that the county has been using since 2004.
In the near future, residents of Mercedes, Texas, may be able to pay their utility bills using a form of cryptocurrency. The Mercedes City Commission voted for city staff to research the issue further.
The federal infrastructure bill may be murkier than it appears. The large piece of legislation seems to include multiple exceptions to the Freedom of Information Act. Some of the exceptions may be illegal.
If signed into law, House Bill 4778 would ban state agencies from using apps like Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp on government-issued devices to avoid Freedom of Information Act requirements.
National Cyber Director Chris Inglis and representatives of CISA and the FBI Cyber Division discussed state and local cybersecurity supports, incident reporting law and larger anti-ransomware strategies in a House hearing.
A person posing as a vendor who was doing work for the Washington County government attempted in August to illegally redirect more than $3 million worth of the county’s funds to a fraudulent account.
To combat false narratives and foster trust in reliable information, governments can invest in local news, support empathy-building initiatives, and ensure election processes are traceable, a new report says.
The New York-based company is pushing into the public sector as more agencies lean on the latest tools to prevent fraudulent claims for services and benefits. The funding reflects digital ID’s move into the mainstream.