Cybersecurity

DOE shares playbook for energy emergencies

The Energy Emergency Response Playbook for States and Territories is designed to help state officials respond to threats to the energy infrastructure from cyberattacks, man-made damage and weather-related incidents like drought, flooding, storms, extreme heat or earthquakes.

Cybersecurity

Watchdog finds cyber risks in TVA control systems

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal utility operating in seven southeastern states, lacked proper IT controls and cybersecurity oversight of systems assisting with flood and river management, according to a recent inspector general report.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware attacks may be tough to stop, but here’s how to recover

Agencies must deploy forward-thinking, proactive data protection plans that are adaptable to constantly changing operational conditions.

Cybersecurity

Brush up on phishing detection to prevent ransomware

With ransomware commonly entering state and local IT networks through phishing emails, employees must learn to spot social engineering scams, a new report says.

Cybersecurity

Cyber competition builds skills, teamwork

Participating in the International Cyber League helps the IT team at the Illinois State Treasurer’s office test their skills against real-world network threats.

Cybersecurity

Defense against file-based malware

Content disarm and reconstruction technology essentially shifts the focus from file-based malware detection to prevention by applying a zero-trust framework to data.

Cybersecurity

There are systems ‘guarding’ your data in cyberspace – but who is guarding the guards?

By decentralizing verification -- the single point of vulnerability -- researchers hope to safeguard digital identities, protect zero trust systems and bolster the security of the authentication processes.

Cybersecurity

Maryland launches Mobile ID for Apple Wallet

The Wallet-based digital IDs can be used for identity verification at airport screening locations.

Cybersecurity

Agencies lack data on ransomware payments

A new report details the role cryptocurrencies play in incentivizing ransomware attacks and the government’s response.

Cybersecurity

Authentication considerations for state and local governments

Multifactor authentication adds a layer of security to accessing accounts but agencies should know the differences between methods.

Cybersecurity

Software bill of materials is about more than compliance, expert says

As organizations look to hammer out the standards for SBOMs, they’re also looking at how to automate the vulnerability checking process.

Cybersecurity

EPA seeks funding to improve the cybersecurity of America’s water systems

The Environmental Protection Agency aims to invest $4 billion in upgrades to the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure with a strong focus on cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

How XDR can identify and fill the cracks in state and local government’s cybersecurity posture

By enabling security solutions to do what they’re intended to do—identify threats—extended detection response better equips security personnel to analyze these identified vulnerabilities and respond to inbound threats.

Cybersecurity

New DOJ guidance on key hacking law creates carve out for security researchers

Nearly a decade after the death of open-access advocate Aaron Schwartz, his legacy is still playing out in cybersecurity policy.

Cybersecurity

Legislation promoting cyber collaboration between DHS and states awaits Biden signature

The legislation would improve information sharing between federal cybersecurity authorities and state and local governments.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware attacks on hospitals put patients at risk

The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., was hit by a massive ransomware attack during the COVID-19 pandemic. A growing number of health care systems have faced cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity

Personal information of 1.8 million Texans with Department of Insurance claims was exposed for years, audit says

The personal data was accessible to the public because of a glitch in the code of the department’s web application.

Cybersecurity

Building a solid foundation for digital identity

Standardization and guidance on identity federation -- a reciprocal, trusted way to authenticate and share information about users – is essential for building a digital identity ecosystem.

Cybersecurity

Maryland ramps up cybersecurity

Gov. Larry Hogan signed three bills to improve cyber coordination and preparedness among state and local agencies.

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