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Hackers target local law enforcement systems

Hackers target local law enforcement systems

As police departments move to electronic data transmission and storage, they are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack.

Hackers have attempted to tamper with evidence, release information on witnesses and police officers and blackmail law enforcement officials, security experts told Fast Company --  especially following controversial incidents involving the police. Besides the threat of cyberattack, police department systems suffer from many of the same vulnerabilities as other organizations -- sensitive and private data being left on public servers, devices being misconfigured, systems left unpatched and poor cyber hygiene in general.   

Police departments should thoroughly vet third-party security vendors, the experts said, and ensure that employees be trained on using new digital tools so mistakes aren’t made as a result of lack of knowledge.

Some organizations are offering help to local departments. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has its own Law Enforcement Cyber Center to help officials to help in prevention and investigation of  technology-related crimes. In addition, the FBI offers training and tools to defend and counter cyber threats against law enforcement networks and critical technologies through its Cyber Shield Alliance program, Fast Company reported.

Posted by GCN Staff, Derek Major on Feb 01, 2016 at 10:57 AM


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