Cybersecurity

NC prohibits agencies from paying ransoms

State and local government agencies in North Carolina may not submit payments to -- or even communicate with -- someone who has encrypted their IT systems. Other states are considering similar legislation.

Cybersecurity

Your digital footprints are more than a privacy risk – they could help hackers infiltrate computer networks

Hackers with open source intelligence gathering tools can mine a target’s audio and video to extract personal information they then use in phishing messages that appear to come from a trusted source.

Cybersecurity

How QR codes work and what makes them dangerous – a computer scientist explains

Just as it can be hazardous to click links in emails, visiting URLs stored in QR codes can also be risky.

Cybersecurity

Thieves hit on a new scam: Synthetic identity fraud

Combining real Social Security numbers with mismatched or phony names to create new synthetic identities allowed swindlers to bilk the federal government out of nearly $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Cybersecurity

Zero-trust architecture demands a new view on data security

State and local government agencies can meet today’s expanded threat landscape with zero trust’s simplified access control enforcement and continuous validation and authentication.

Cybersecurity

How Ukraine has defended itself against cyberattacks – lessons for the US

Authenticating logins, backing up critical data and patching software vulnerabilities will help protect critical infrastructure from malicious foreign actors.

Cybersecurity

Compromised email behind fake emergency data requests

Emails that look like they’re coming from law enforcement agencies have mobile providers, ISPs and social media companies turning sensitive data over to hackers.

Cybersecurity

States unclear on what constitutes ‘reasonable’ cybersecurity

Confusion about cyber insurance, incident response, multifactor authentication and cyber hygiene training is widening a gap between acknowledging risk and managing it.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware tests local governments

Malicious actors increasingly target smaller governments that lack sufficient cyber defenses, risking the operation of critical public services.

Cybersecurity

Cyberattacks have yet to play a significant role in Russia’s battlefield operations in Ukraine – cyberwarfare experts explain the likely reasons

Cyber operations have become an integral part of military campaigns, and Russia is targeting Ukraine's networks and infrastructure with disinformation campaigns on social media sites.

Cybersecurity

FBI urges local agencies to prepare for ransomware attacks

To fend off attacks and avoid unnecessary exposure, the FBI issued a notice calling on local governments to deploy timely patching, awareness campaigns and regular encrypted backups.

Cybersecurity

Google survey suggests government workers dissatisfied with legacy software, concerned over cyberattacks

A Google survey of federal, state or local government employees revealed a heavy reliance on Microsoft products and expectations of cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity

Phishing scam targets election officials, FBI warns

Election officials in at least nine states received emails with attachments that redirected to credential harvesting sites.

Cybersecurity

Report reveals surveillance abuses in educational technology

Four education technology companies misused surveillance software while students were using their products, resulting in contact with local law enforcement, according to a report prepared by two senators.

Cybersecurity

Illinois joins states setting up cyber units

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the Illinois Cyber Security Commission to boost cybersecurity and coordinate efforts across all levels of government.

Cybersecurity

Ransomware now encrypts so fast it ‘will burn the house down’

A new study found that ransomware can encrypt 54 GB in 43 minutes, an extremely limited window of mitigation, especially considering it takes about three days for compromises to be detected.

Cybersecurity

Local governments are attractive targets for hackers and are ill-prepared

Agencies often lack the resources to defend against a lengthy cyber conflict and are considered enticing targets for hackers looking to disrupt daily citizen services.

Cybersecurity

Why the White House is focused on community-level water cybersecurity

A hack on municipal water and wastewater systems could have devastating consequences on an essential resource.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers move to protect healthcare infrastructure from potential Russian threat

The Healthcare Cybersecurity Act works to protect sensitive health care data and information from hackers. 

Cybersecurity

Ukraine war puts US cities, states on cyber alert

States are blocking Russian IP addresses and running through scenarios to streamline cyberattack response and network lockdown procedures.

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