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07/08/2022
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'Ways we haven’t seen before'

While election officials deserve a “huge amount of credit” for improving their defenses against cyberthreats like ransomware and foreign-backed actors, insider threats represent a growing concern, top CISA leaders said yesterday at the National Association of Secretaries of State conference. Kim Wyman, who leads CISA's election-security efforts, said recent incidences of local officials giving unauthorized individuals access to equipment and computer systems is a new thread. “This is the first time we’re seeing people who work in an election office or the chief election officer share information — proprietary information — in ways we haven’t seen before," she said." Benjamin Freed reports.


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How one Arkansas county is fighting food insecurity

Crittenden County, Arkansas, was one of 20 grant recipients in a new CDC program designed to help state and local governments direct needy people toward support services like nutrition assistance. The county used its $120,000 grant to build a website that points residents toward free and discounted services covering including child care, local food banks and legal aid. Colin Wood has details.


Biden to sign executive order on reproductive privacy

President Biden plans to sign an executive order today that would take steps to defend reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month. CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports that the order addresses many of the concerns that privacy advocates and health care experts have expressed about the reversal’s potential to threaten digital privacy. The order will also ask the FTC to protect online access to accurate information about reproductive health, which anti-abortion advocates are already pushing states to ban. Read more on CyberScoop.


Puerto Rico announces $7.6M cybersecurity program

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi this week announced a $7.6 million program aimed at building up the island's cybersecurity efforts. The U.S. territory plans to subscribe to several services offered by the MS-ISAC, including endpoint detection and response, firewalls and continuous monitoring. Ben had the story.


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