Missouri auditor finds cyber hygiene lapses across local governments

A compilation of 11 audits of local governments and courts found common lapses in cyber hygiene, including weak password practices and a lack of backups.

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Cities employed new cybersecurity strategies during the pandemic

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The massive surges in digital services and remote work have forced city IT leaders to refine and expand their security policies.

Why patching our way out of the ransomware problem is so hard

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Ransomware gets a lot of attention, but there's a critical aspect of these attacks that's not talked about enough.

Will a cyberattack take down next-generation 911?

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NENA's Brandon Abley says that although the next generation of 911 will be more complex, its distributed nature will make it hard for bad actors to take down.

Missouri governor accuses newspaper of 'hacking' state website

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A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter notified a state agency that it was exposing sensitive personal data. Gov. Mike Parson wants the paper investigated.

Colorado county clerk blocked from overseeing elections after promoting conspiracy theories

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A judge stripped Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters was of her election-supervision duties for sharing sensitive information with conspiracy theorists.

Missouri’s security chief steps down for role at WWT

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After two decades with the state government, Meyer took a role as a consulting security architect for World Wide Technology's SLED practice.

Biden approves CISA study of K-12 cybersecurity

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DHS's cyber agency will be tasked with investigating the risks and vulnerabilities faced by school districts and developing robust recommendations.

Ransomware actor pressures school district by emailing parents

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Parents in the Allen, Texas, Independent School District received an email threatening the release of stolen data. An analyst called it a "a shift in tactics and escalation."

Many Kansas school districts never scan for vulnerabilities, auditor finds

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The state's education commissioner said districts are not equipped to adhere to basic cybersecurity standards.

Enterprise cybersecurity is new Washington CIO's top priority

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Bill Kehoe, who joined state government Aug. 1 after four years in Los Angeles County, said he wants to instill a common "sense of urgency" across the state.