Cybersecurity

National Computer Forensics Institute up for reauthorization

The proposal would continue NCFI’s services through 2028 for any government employee who could help prevent or investigate cyber crimes.

Public transit agencies are vulnerable to cyber threats, researchers warn

Researchers at the Mineta Transportation Institute urged transit agencies to have a unified risk management strategy and called on regulators to provide more guidance.

Verifying identity is the foundation of cybersecurity, state CSO says

Delaware’s security program aims to “walk alongside the user” as constituents access services and employees conduct business.

Start protecting the nation’s digital identities today

An abstraction layer that sits between the sources of identity data and its consumers makes it possible to discover and understand identity data without disrupting existing operations.

EPA to issue cybersecurity rule for water facilities

The EPA will extend its sanitary reviews of critical water facilities to include cybersecurity, an administration official said.

Ransomware hackers will still target smaller critical infrastructure, CISA director warns

Ransomware actors target infrastructure organizations of all sizes, making cybersecurity best practices imperative, CISA Executive Director Brandon Wales said.

How local governments are handling a threat they can’t even see

The proliferation of cyberattacks has prompted Pennsylvania municipalities to take extra steps to secure their systems. Here's what they're doing.

Cyber insurance price hike hits local governments hard

Insurance companies now require state and local governments to have updated software and firewall protections, a backup system, cyber training for staff, vulnerability testing and multi-factor authentication systemwide, including for remote work.

Understanding NIST’s post-quantum encryption standardization and next steps for CISOs

The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently chose new cryptographic algorithms to defend against quantum computers.

Hackers use more sophisticated scams to drive costly data breaches, analysis finds

Criminals are using more sophisticated methods, including virtual meeting services, to take advantage of compromised business emails and accounts for financial gain.

Counties get no-cost endpoint detection and response services

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $30 million shared services program designed to help counties secure government systems and protect against ransomware attacks.

Surveillance is pervasive: Yes, you are being watched, even if no one is looking for you

There is a large market for personal data, compiled from information people volunteer, information people unwittingly yield – for example, via mobile apps – and information that is stolen in data breaches.

NIST revises cybersecurity guidelines specifically for health data

Enhanced cybersecurity measures can help further protect the confidentiality, availability and integrity of patient heath information such as prescription records, lab test results, vaccination records and hospital visit logs.

Sales of citizen data worries lawmakers and experts alike

Expert witnesses expressed support for bills that close loopholes in existing laws, which currently allow government purchase of private data.

Election officials want to tell the public 'where the good guys won' in cyber efforts

As misinformation around the 2020 elections continues to swirl, state election officials say that DHS and CISA should do more to raise up ‘successes’ around efforts to mitigate vulnerabilities in voting systems.

Public tests of election equipment aim to thwart conspiracy theories

To confirm that all voting machines work properly and meet every state requirement, tests verify that each counting machine accurately tallies a predetermined, marked set of ballots.

The future of identity is reusable and distributed

New distributed digital identity solutions give users greater control over their personal information and ensure much needed services reach the people they're intended to help.