Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cybersecurity

Mobile driver's licenses, digital credentials advance identity proofing, trade groups say

Standards for mobile driver's licenses top the wish list of groups looking to steer the direction of the administration’s action on combating ID theft and fraud through digital identities.

Cybersecurity

Microsoft raises bug bounties by up to 30%

The scenario-based bounties focus on vulnerabilities that have the highest potential impact on customer privacy and security.

Cybersecurity

Texas boosts local cyber response with regional security operations center

Texas Department of Information Resources and Angelo State University will deliver “boots on the ground” cyber support for local governments.

Cybersecurity

CISA details cyber incident reporting for infrastructure operators

CISA wants critical infrastructure partners to report information on repeated attempts to gain unauthorized access to systems, malicious code and ransomware.

Cybersecurity

Hackers build tool to penetrate industrial control systems, feds warn

Enabling full system access to operational technologies, the tool is intuitive enough for less sophisticated threat actors to target power plants and water treatment facilities.

Cybersecurity

New cybersecurity bill authorizes DHS to ramp up incident response efforts nationwide

The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act gives the Department of Homeland Security a range of opportunities to bolster cybersecurity preparedness at the state and local level, including and technical assistance services.

Cybersecurity

Data from friends and strangers show where you are

Even if individual users turned off data tracking and didn’t share their own information, their mobility patterns could still be predicted with surprising accuracy based on data collected from their acquaintances, researchers found.

Cybersecurity

Malware fight unites local law enforcement, national guard in training exercise

The Cyber Strike exercise featured a live training environment where individuals from different organizations worked on a closed network to disable a malware application.

Cybersecurity

North Dakota launches whole-of-government cyber response

Agencies are planning a statewide response to a significant disruption to energy, internet-based communications or other critical infrastructure.

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