Cyber Defense

What motivates remote workers to protect IT assets?

Researchers found that fear of what could go wrong is the primary driver in getting remote workers to protect IT systems.

States look to feds for help building a more robust cyber workforce

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers called on the federal government to help address the shortage of skilled cyber workers and urged flexible implementation of the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program.

New York gives cyber initiatives a $35M boost

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the extra investment would expand shared cybersecurity services to local governments.

Counties to field red team pen testers

The Atlanta Regional Commission wants help conducting penetration tests on local county IT systems.

IARPA aims to thwart cyberattacks with psychology

The intelligence research agency is looking to deploy and automate hackers' cognitive biases to help defend potential cyberattacks.

Lack of cloud backups poses a ‘real problem’ for data protection, expert says

A Veeam report found that a third of IT leaders did not think their cloud data needed to be backed up for security.

What should the government do in 2023 to fill its cyber workforce shortage?

The threat of cyberattacks makes filling these positions critical, experts say.

Demand for rapid cyber improvements drives agencies’ 2023 plans

Despite challenges from budget cycles, regulations and outdated procurement processes, state and local government agencies urgently need cyber solutions that improve operations and cut costs, a recent report says.

The federal government is moving on memory safety for cybersecurity

The issue of how coding languages might support software developers’ management of memory has recently gotten attention from the National Security Council, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and Congress.

Agencies face interoperability challenges with zero trust, GAO says

Because there is no single zero-trust solution, agencies must integrate new and existing solutions, a challenge for those with large investments in traditional technologies, the watchdog agency said.

Expect even more fraud, waste and abuse

State and local government employees say that they expect fraud to increase, and they would like to spend more time preventing than investigating it, a new survey found.

State invests in local cyber monitoring, training

Security operations centers and cyber ranges at two colleges will help municipalities across Massachusetts better protect themselves from cyberattacks and build a cyber talent pipeline.

State calls for threat sharing and ransomware payment bans

Texas’ Department of Information Resources said localities should be required to report incidents and called for a state ban on paying ransomware demands.

Census targets data modernization, cybersecurity ahead of 2030 rollout

Officials at the Census Bureau want to give the agency’s operations a strong, data-centric approach to collecting and securing American demographic information.

Latest guidance outlines customer responsibilities for software security

The guide provides recommendations for software supply chain security throughout the product lifecycle, from procurement to deployment.

White House launches post-quantum cryptography migration

New guidance from the Office of Management and Budget outlined the initial steps for migrating high-risk systems to quantum-resistant algorithms.

Groups at risk for hate crimes can tap new cyber funds

Nonprofits applying for funding to combat hate crimes in New York can now include cybersecurity projects in their applications.