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11/02/2020
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Give your city a bit of lovin'

Everyone who lives in a city has some form of a connection with it. Maybe it's apathy, maybe it's a deep and unbreakable bond. But cities want to be loved, former Palo Alto, California, CIO Jonathan Reichental writes in his first column for StateScoop. And people who love their cities are more likely to invest in them, participate in improving them, and engage in all matters of progress, he writes, offering six ways to spread the love. Read more from Dr. Reichental


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Iran probed states' election sites, US says

Suspected Iranian hackers have probed the election-related websites of 10 states and, in one case, accessed voter registration data, federal personnel told election security officials on Friday, CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas reports. Officials said the hackers attempted to exploit those sites to snatch voter data, and succeeded at compromising one state's database. CISA and the FBI have issued multiple advisories that Iran is one of a handful of countries behind malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting tomorrow's election. Read more on CyberScoop.


CISOs have been keeping busy

We just marked National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. But it’s not like the bad guys are taking the other 11 months off. In 2020, the attack surface that state governments need to defend has exploded, thanks to widespread telework policies and increased malicious activity from ransomware actors and other adversaries trying to take advantage of a global pandemic. In the second episode of the StateScoop 50 podcast series, Technology Editor Benjamin Freed talks to the winners of this year’s Cybersecurity Leader of the Year awards about how they've met these challenges. Listen to the podcast.


Ransomware feasts on Florida public sector

Publicly disclosed ransomware attacks against entities in Florida spanning more than three years overwhelmingly targeted the public sector, according to a report published last week by researchers at the University of South Florida. Of 18 incidents the report examined, 14, or 78%, involve a local-government victim. The list of targets includes cities, towns, counties, school districts and a county elections office.   Benjamin Freed has more.


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