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.

Building scalable, cost-effective application security

COMMENTARY | Automated scanning and remediation platforms can identify, fix and prevent security gaps and vulnerabilities at the software application and development levels.

Southern states have the most open cyber exposures, report finds

The 14 states in that region have more than 100,000 vulnerabilities, misconfigurations and data leaks that all must be addressed to prevent attacks, researchers found.

Workforce gaps could impact zero trust rollout

The cyber-cloud skills shortfall in state government could slow down zero trust implementation, but there are ways to reduce the deficit.

Feds push local election officials to boost security ahead of 2024

Local election officials are encouraged to beef up their cybersecurity practices to safeguard their voting systems against potential threats heading into the 2024 presidential race.

Zero trust builds on identity management

Having a robust ID management program in place is one of the most effective ways to enhance governments’ cybersecurity, and experts say it is within reach.

Cyber training expands to local leaders

The National Cybersecurity Center will offer the training every two years, and push local governments to take advantage of free resources and information-sharing.

States sketch out roadmaps for zero trust ‘journey’

As states experiment with zero trust, they are working out technologies, governance and procedures for securing IT infrastructure.

States scramble to replace ripped-off SNAP benefits

Skimming devices became a common way fraudsters steal money from electronic benefits transfer cards over the last year, and now states aim to strengthen debit card security and reimburse victims of fraud.

State details how agencies must apply TikTok ban

The Texas plan requires agencies to ban employees and contractors from downloading the app and other prohibited tech on connected state devices, identify areas where sensitive information could be exposed and implement network-based restrictions.

ChatGPT-powered cyberattacks expected, report says

More than half of IT professionals surveyed predicted the AI chatbot will be behind a successful hack within the year, while 71% believe foreign governments are already using it.

Ransomware victims stand up to attackers

The drop in payments is encouraging, but a lack of transparency around ransomware reporting makes it hard to say why organizations refuse to pay, researchers say.

Dozens of US schools, universities move to ban TikTok

The social media platform is falling out of favor among school officials as the app becomes increasingly dangerous for cyberattacks and students' physical and mental health.

It takes a team to secure operational technology

State and local governments must look for federal and private-sector partners.

Cyber grants: Some governments may be ‘totally left out’

Experts said the $1 billion State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program is admirable for its emphasis on planning, but it may not deliver much direct cash at the local level.

Executive order blocks state business with ‘evil foreign governments’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s order will ensure companies associated with hostile nations do not access state infrastructure or data through IT or telecommunications contracts.

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