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09/29/2020
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Baltimore County's new dashboard shows gap in police complaints

Officials in Baltimore County, Maryland, last week launched two new dashboards to track complaints against police and incidents in which officers used force, with the ability to see demographic data about both people who filed complaints about police behavior, as well as the officers themselves. One of the sharpest revelations from the new dashboards is that two-thirds of complaints against officers were upheld when they are filed internally, compared to just 11% of citizen-filed complaints, leading some critics to suggest that there is much more work to be done to improve relations between Baltimore County Police and the communities they patrol. Ryan Johnston reports.


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What's going on with Tyler?

Tyler Technologies told the local governments that use its software over the weekend to change the passwords that the company’s technicians use to remotely access clients’ systems, after multiple customers reported detecting “suspicious logins” to their networks following a ransomware attack last week against the civic tech vendor. The company, a leading vendor of software used by cities and counties, is still recovering from the incident, which it has said is limited to its internal IT and phone systems. Tyler's also said that while a handful of its customers use its open-data platform to publish election-result and campaign-finance data, it does not make software used in the voting process, despite some media reports. The latest on what we know about this incident.


Be aware of the bear

Foreign espionage groups, including those bent on undermining the U.S. political process, have targeted non-government organizations and think tanks more than any other sector in a bid to gather intelligence, according to new data from Microsoft. Tom Burt, the company's vice president for security and trust, told CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas that the Russian government-linked hacking group known as Fancy Bear is still on the prowl and looking to create chaos in this fall's presidential election by targeting campaigns and government officials, and spreading disinformation. “I have no reason to believe that they’ll be quiet between now and Nov. 3,” Burt said. Read more on CyberScoop.


WFH forever?

While the COVID-19 pandemic drags into its seventh month and many offices nationwide remain barren, tech workers in the Washington state government are apparently content with long-term remote work, Chief Information Officer Jim Weaver said last week. Speaking during the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s annual summit, Weaver said a recent internal poll of employees at the Washington Technology Solutions agency he leads found that 98% "love remote work or are fine with it." Benjamin Freed reports.


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