Enforcement questions dog state’s proposed TikTok ban

One expert derided legislation like Montana’s statewide ban on TikTok as “breathtakingly obtuse” and unenforceable from a technological point of view.

Lessons from ‘Star Trek: Picard’ – a cybersecurity expert explains how a sci-fi series illuminates today’s threats

Centrally administered systems offer cost savings and advanced capabilities, but could expose Earth-bound organizations to potential risks and vulnerabilities when used without proper precautions.

Why take the whole-of-state approach to ransomware protection and remediation

COMMENTARY | Using the best cybersecurity policies and data protection technology in a statewide framework allows local agencies to say no to any ransom demands, confident that their data is securely backed up and easily accessible.

How government can build secure and frictionless digital identity programs

States that lost millions to fraud during the pandemic have plenty of ways to tighten their ID management programs, a new playbook suggests.

How local governments can protect themselves against third-party threats

COMMENTARY | Adaptive, multilayered solutions will help agencies fend off opportunistic supply-chain attacks.

Combating threats to employees in digital spaces

COMMENTARY | User activity monitoring and behavior analytics can beef up cybersecurity training and help protect the agency from internal and external risk.

EVs rev up cybersecurity challenges

Without a meaningful way to secure and insure the electric-vehicle infrastructure, EV owners, charging stations and fleet managers are vulnerable to hackers.

Zero-trust citizen access: Secure services for residents and agencies

COMMENTARY | A zero-trust citizen portal gives residents seamless access to public services while protecting increasingly vulnerable government networks from attack.

Generative AI helps spot malicious open-source code

Developers can ask DroidGPT natural language questions about the code they’re researching and get instant ratings on its security from Endor Labs’ proprietary database.

Pennsylvania says it’s approved for up to $5.2M cyber grant

The state is the first to publicly say it will receive federal funding under the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Grant Program.

Most multicloud troubles are self-inflicted, security researchers say

Threat actors are targeting cloud security gaps caused by misconfigurations, lack of authentication and malicious open-source packages.

Cyberattack accelerates county’s modernization, cloud push

Last year’s ransomware attack showed “cloud averse” employees in New York’s Suffolk County the benefits of moving away from legacy technology.

Not all encryption is created equal

COMMENTARY | True end-to-end encryption services are robust and hardened enough to meet the complex and stringent security and privacy requirements most government enterprises demand.

Montana could be first state to ban TikTok

Lawmakers approved legislation to prevent the app from operating within the state, but critics said it has no clear enforcement plan and violates the U.S. Constitution.

How state and local governments can fortify security at tax time (or any time)

COMMENTARY | The right fraud prevention practices apply a “friction-right” approach, making it easier for true users to apply for access while impeding bad actors.

What are passkeys? A cybersecurity researcher explains how you can use your phone to make passwords a thing of the past

Passwords can be hard to remember and easy to compromise, making passkeys an attractive option for digital authentication.

Turning the heat up on election security

With the 2024 presidential election rapidly approaching, Arizona’s secretary of state pushes to protect election systems from outside threats.

Banning TikTok could weaken personal cybersecurity

TikTok restrictions could lead to individuals engaging in risky digital behavior to circumvent mobile app bans, potentially exposing their networks and data to bad actors, an expert warns.

State grounds Chinese-made drones over security concerns

The rule bans Florida agencies from using drones manufactured by Chinese company DJI, a move that could have an immediate effect on law enforcement agencies in the state.

Cyber Academy’s inaugural class to bolster city defenses

The 21 New York City employees will work with city cyber command offices and help build a local pipeline of cybersecurity workers.

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