Phishing Scam Targets Election Officials, FBI Warns

Election officials in at least nine states received emails with attachments that redirected to credential harvesting sites.

Local Governments Attractive Targets for Hackers and Are Ill-prepared

With Russia poised to launch cyberattacks on U.S. targets, many local governments find themselves without the staff or resources to even recognize when they’re under attack.

Got Rats? These Cities Have Taken to Zapping Them

One Northeast city’s success killing 1,000 rodents in less than a year with traps that rely on electric current is leading its neighbors to test the same technology.

States Use Road Sensors to Combat Treacherous ‘Tire Carcasses’

A growing number of states are hoping to use sensor technology embedded in the pavement to fight climate change, keep traffic flowing and save lives.

Governors Tighten IT Cybersecurity Amid Ukraine Attacks

A number of governors are calling on their states' IT departments to ensure critical infrastructure is protected.

Local Leaders 'Cannot Hide From Technology'

The National Association of Counties is launching a new effort to help public sector officials better understand technology so they can make informed decisions about cybersecurity and IT budgeting and staffing.

How the Labor Department is Combatting Unemployment Fraud

The department says it's working on new technology fixes after criminals siphoned off billions in improper benefit payments during the pandemic.

Agencies Shouldn't Use Facial Recognition for ID Verification, Group Says

More than 45 organizations signed a letter asking government agencies, including in states, to stop their use of ID.me or any facial recognition for identity verification.

Think Twice Before Scanning That QR Code

“Cybercriminals always look for disruption to cause disruption.”

FBI: Ransomware Attackers Have Code to Halt Critical Infrastructure

Monitoring remote access technology will be especially important for limiting the reach of malicious actors, allied cybersecurity agencies said in a report on trends they’ve observed over the last year in a booming ransomware industry.

Governments Tapping Facial Recognition To Prove You’re You. Why That Raises Concerns

The move by states and the federal government promises to cut down on fraud, but at what cost?

More States Enacting Potentially Conflicting Data Privacy Laws

In the absence of federal legislation, states are regulating the commercial collection and use of personal data, a new report shows.

Silicon Valley’s New Obsession

A group of tech founders, crypto billionaires, and star scientists is launching a fleet of science labs.

Top Public Sector Cybersecurity Threat No Longer is Employees

Hackers pose the greatest cyber risks for states and localities, followed by careless workers and foreign governments, according to an annual IT report.

Low- and No-Code Software Increasingly Popular Among State CIOs

As states struggle to find qualified developers, a report says using these quick turnaround applications saves time, money and personnel, but there are some challenges.

Cities Should Bridge the Digital Divide Using Federal Funds

A new report from the National League of Cities says while most local leaders are aware of their communities' broadband issues, they may not know how to fix the inequities.

Cellphone Bans in the Workplace Are Legal and More Common Among Blue-collar Jobs – They Also Might Be a Safety Risk

COMMENTARY | The deaths of six Amazon employees at a factory hit by a tornado raises concerns over prohibitions on cellphones for workers.

States and Localities Seek Unified Front Against Ransomware Threats

Ransomware attacks can cause serious headaches for governments and their residents. Can greater collaboration between jurisdictions help prevent the cybersecurity breaches?

A Proposal to Block Companies From Using Biased Algorithms

Washington, D.C.'s Attorney General Karl Racine is billing the legislation as groundbreaking and says he wants to prevent artificial intelligence from contributing to discrimination in areas like housing, lending and education.

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