Cybersecurity

The front lines of government cybersecurity defense

Because employees can be an agency's weakest link or strongest cyber advocate, repeated emphasis on cyber risks and mitigation practices helps build a culture of cybersecurity.

ICE's 'surveillance dragnet' built with DMV photos, report says

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has used facial recognition to search through the driver's license photos of one in three adults in the U.S., according to a new report by Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology.

Managed service contracts deserve extra cyber scrutiny, intel agencies advise

A joint advisory from CISA, domestic partners and counterpart agencies in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance warns of a heightened threat to managed service providers and their customers.

Survey: 93% of Americans fear cyber warfare against U.S.

A consumer survey suggests Americans are taking some steps to prepare for possible cyber warfare.

Idaho maps out cybersecurity strategy

Successful defense against cybersecurity threats will require more resources, partnerships and meaningful information-sharing between public and private sector organizations, a new report says.

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.