Cybersecurity

Cryptocurrency hype spawns email attacks, FBI says

An increasing number of recent business email compromise complaints involve the use of cryptocurrency, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

EV infrastructure vulnerabilities put cars, the grid at risk

Hackers that target electric vehicle infrastructure can lock drivers out of their vehicles, steal payment information and even compromise electrical grids.

How lightweight encryption can protect critical infrastructure for smart cities

Municipalities depend on a growing number of connected devices and data streams. How are you safeguarding the data that traverses those networks?

Phishing threats attempt to hook new government victims

While the government is focused on the dangers of ransomware, phishing campaigns can circumvent the usual protections placed on its networks.

City, state cybersecurity programs follow Washington’s lead

Federal actions like the executive order on cybersecurity or CISA’s Shield Up warning can help reinforce state and local cybersecurity efforts.

Cybersecurity and supply chain essential for building tomorrow’s digital infrastructure

Investing in solution providers that can operate in a multivendor environment not only allows states and regions to select the combination of products and solutions that best fit their unique needs and budgets, but it also ensures they have more options to choose from in the face of supply chain issues.

Ransomware attacks more frequent, damaging and costly

Attackers targeting state and local governments demanded the lowest ransom payments of any sector surveyed, but victims were more likely to pay, according to a recent report.

CISA points to water sector in seeking $80 million more for FEMA grants

CISA and FEMA are currently rolling out the first of $1 billion in Rescue Act funding to help target-rich, resource-poor state and local entities improve their cybersecurity.

Can your mobile phone get a virus? Yes – and you’ll have to look carefully to see the signs

Mobile devices are vulnerable to malware arriving via text and email, and one cybersecurity company estimating nearly 3.5 million malicious attacks on phone users last year alone.

Report: 4 cybercrime stats to watch

Romance scams are on the rise and so is cryptocurrency theft.

Practice makes perfect when it comes to recovering from a cyberattack

And it’s not if an agency gets attacked, it’s when, according to one state official.

State, local government primed for zero trust

While a zero trust architecture is only required for federal agencies, state and local chief information security officers are considering ways the buzz around the strategy can help them boost their cybersecurity posture and prepare for a zero-trust future.

Malware enables less skilled adversaries to attack industrial control systems

The sophisticated malware features a modular design that would make it more accessible to less skilled adversaries targeting operational technology in power plants and water treatment facilities, specialists say.

Defense against the dark arts: CISOs prep for critical infrastructure attacks

Threat information sharing and endpoint protection will help prevent cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, state CISOs say.

Russian cyberattack could capitalize on election doubts

The U.S. has better cyber defenses than it did during the 2016 presidential election, but multifaceted efforts to delegitimize democracy and spread misinformation are creating new vulnerabilities.

Report: Phishing attacks on government up 110%

Rising phishing activity is directly linked to phishing- as-a-service options, according to a new report by Zscaler.