Cyber, funding and Trump spell uncertainty for state and local IT

Cyber, funding and Trump spell uncertainty for state and local IT

Cybersecurity tops the list of this year’s priorities for state and local tech execs, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Public Technology Institute.

How cyber pros can stay on top of their game

How cyber pros can stay on top of their game

Government info-security pros need not only the acumen and the skillset to understand the overarching cybersecurity threats that an agency may face, but also an understanding of the threats targeting the public sector.

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Senator checks on DC Metro IT security

Sen. Mark Warner asks the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for an update on IT systems security and communications upgrades.

Mobile biometric breathalyzer speeds sobriety testing

Mobile biometric breathalyzer speeds sobriety testing

The devices are increasing the efficiency of Massachusetts’ probation officers monitoring low-risk offenders mandated not to drink alcohol.

5 strategies for addressing cybercrime

5 strategies for addressing cybercrime

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, requiring effective public/private partnerships to identify and address threats, vulnerabilities and overall risk.

Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

Election systems get ‘critical infrastructure’ designation

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson formally designated state election assets -- including polling places, centralized vote tabulation locations, storage facilities and related information and communications technology -- as U.S. critical infrastructure.

‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

‘Hacktivists’ increasingly target local and state government computers

State and local agencies must be able to defend against politically motivated attacks that can take websites offline, expose personal information or even knock out utility service.

FTC hacked drones in privacy demo

FTC hacked drones in privacy demo

In a demonstration of security vulnerabilities in popular products, Federal Trade Commission researchers hacked into and took control of consumer-grade drones.

FedRAMP  issues ‘high’ approval for AWS services

FedRAMP issues ‘high’ approval for AWS services

The high baseline approval will allow Amazon Web Services to handle and store data that, if compromised, could severely hurt organizational operations, assets or people.

Security still key concern for agencies moving to the cloud

Security still key concern for agencies moving to the cloud

Cloud providers haven't managed to completely persuade the government IT community that they can provide the necessary controls to ensure security and prove regulatory compliance.

National Guard cyber protection

National Guard expects expanded role in cybersecurity

As cyber threats continue to multiply, states can look to the National Guard for help.

Nearly one-third of federal websites haven’t converted to HTTPS

Nearly one-third of federal websites haven’t converted to HTTPS

Although federal agencies were to transition their websites to the more-secure HTTPS communications protocol by Dec. 31, some conversions remain a work in progress.

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