Feds Charge 2 Men in Ransomware Attack That Hobbled Atlanta

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After a Ransomware Attack, More Unwelcome News for Local Government Employees

An abundance of caution months after a cyber assault on one municipality’s IT systems.

Brian Kemp Was Warned of a Cyber Vulnerability. He Weaponized It—Again

Georgia’s secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial candidate has a history of attacking those who point out the flaws in his state’s election cybersecurity.

Cyber ‘Intrusion Campaigns’ Increasingly Target Utilities

Here are malicious behaviors CIOs can look to help prevent a disruption.

State Attorney General Releases Report on Surge in Data Breaches

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Report: State CISOs Need to Throw Their Weight Around

Budgets are tight and talent is scarce, but the cyber leaders can change that with their increasing sway within governments.

Los Angeles to Expand Cyber Lab with Federal Grant

The lab, established last summer, is a public-private partnership aimed at protecting the city from hacker attacks.

Hackers Report Cites ‘Staggering’ Vulnerabilities in U.S. Voting Systems

The report from DEF CON’s Voting Village found one bug that alone could flip the Electoral College. Another has gone unfixed for 11 years.

Federal Judge Blasts Georgia’s ‘Dated, Vulnerable’ Voting System

The state avoided having to make a change in election equipment before the midterms, however.

Election Officials Tout 2018 Security Coordination as 'Miles' Ahead of 2016

Two key officials say offices at all levels of government are rapidly bolstering defenses ahead of November elections.

Hackers Press Secretaries of State to Support Independent Testing of Voting Machines

The Senate Intelligence Committee also touted the Voting Village’s efforts to probe election equipment while chastising its naysayers.

Vermont Secretary of State Slams ‘Unfunded Mandate’ in Election Security Bill

Jim Condos says the latest draft will force states like his to spend more money on auditing. Meanwhile, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says states are focused on cybersecurity ahead of 2018 midterms.

Cybersecurity Firm: Alaska Targeted Before and After Trade Mission to China

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How California Is Improving Cyber Threat Information Sharing

The state wants to add every city and county government to its automated threat feed program in the next three to four years.

Secretaries of State Blast Election Hacking Exercise

The election officials said replicating their systems is “extremely difficult,” but others say they’re reluctant to let cybersecurity experts access them to test for vulnerabilities.

Federal Election Security Help Still Needed Ahead of Midterms

One state and one local official told a congressional committee that smaller jurisdictions require additional federal technical assistance for priority upgrades to voting equipment and security.

Census Should Be More Transparent About Cyber Protections, Former Officials Say

The Census Bureau will conduct its first largely online decennial census in 2020 but hasn’t said how it will secure the process.