Social media age verification faces practicality, privacy challenges

Utah recently approved legislation designed to restrict minors’ use of the platforms, but critics say the effort is unworkable and could leave personal information vulnerable to hackers.

Passwordless authentication could cure user verification ills

As compromised and weak passwords continue to create major, ongoing vulnerabilities, organizations are looking at FIDO-based login options.

How one state looks to shared cyber services to defend rural areas

Colorado plans to leverage federal grant dollars to help its smaller communities protect themselves and expand a shared security operations center to track threats.

How to talk to users about cybersecurity

User-friendly login tools and clear communication go a long way toward getting staff in step with cybersecurity protocols.

Turning hackers’ behavior against them

By identifying psychological biases of hackers, a new program aims to develop proactive network defenses that go beyond tech-based solutions and rely on analysis of attackers’ behavior to thwart them.

State mandates K-12 cyber education

North Dakota is the first state in the nation to require cybersecurity education be integrated into K-12 classrooms.

CISA gives ransomware victims a heads-up

The Pre-Ransomware Notification Initiative takes advantage of the time between initial penetration and data theft or encryption to notify victims so they can identify and eliminate hackers from their system.

Florida city water cyber incident allegedly caused by employee error

Al Braithwaite, the former city manager of Oldsmar, Florida, said the 2021 episode was not caused by outside hackers but was instead a “non-event” sparked by user error.

What is the National Cybersecurity Strategy? A cybersecurity expert explains what it is and what the Biden administration has changed

The National Cybersecurity Strategy outlines a need for improved cyber hygiene through cyber insurance, data sharing and fostering technology research.

State cyber workforce challenges reaching ‘crisis levels’

By marketing themselves better and adapting to remote work, states can attract and retain more cybersecurity workers, a new report suggests.

Remember user experience in the zero trust journey

Education, user-friendly technologies and leadership buy in can help bring employees onboard.

ChatGPT could make phishing more sophisticated

The latest version’s greater “steerability” allows users to vary the style and tone of generated text to make scams even harder to detect.

CISA launches pilot to spot ransomware vulnerabilities

By uncovering vulnerabilities associated with known exploits, CISA can warn critical infrastructure organizations so they can mitigate issues before a ransomware incident occurs.

Password mismanagement still at the heart of security issues

While many government employees reuse credentials that have been compromised and put online, one expert warned MFA is not the “silver bullet” solution.

How data breaches lead to fraud risk

By understanding the type and severity of data breaches, agencies can see where they should focus their efforts to curb identity fraud and prevent further victimization.

National cyber strategy ‘promising’ for state, local governments

While some groups applauded the Biden administration’s pledge to prioritize cybersecurity and help small governments fight attacks, others said more technical assistance and federal funding is needed.

Drone cybersecurity assessment program launches

The certification of commercial drones will help governments ensure the devices meet supply chain cybersecurity requirements.

Work with what you’ve got: Accelerating zero trust deployments

COMMENTARY | Because zero trust is founded on cybersecurity tenets like segmentation and identity management, state and local governments can adopt the strategy quickly and effectively.

Unpatched, known vulnerabilities still key driver of cyberattacks

Separate research reports find that vulnerabilities for which patches have already been issued remain hackers’ primary way into an organization.

Texas Public Safety agency sent at least 3,000 driver’s licenses to organized crime group targeting Asian Texans

A Chinese crime operation bypassed the password clues of Texas.gov by using stolen identity information to fraudulently obtain replacement driver’s licenses.

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