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Cybersecurity firm offers free penetration testing to states ahead of midterm elections

by Benjamin Freed

Synack, a cybersecurity firm that specializes in finding vulnerabilities in critical systems, announced Tuesday that it is offering to test the resiliency of election systems in every state for free, ahead of this November’s elections. The firm’s founder, Jay Kaplan, made the offer in a letter to all 50 secretaries of state, writing that Synack would open its crowdsourced bug-hunting service “to any state that wants to harden their voter registration…

Four ways state and local CIOs can boost cybersecurity

by Andre McGregor

Looking back at the hundred-plus FBI cyber investigations and victim notifications I’ve worked over the past decade, without a doubt, the most concerning and most difficult ones centered around local and state governments. States and cities face a tall order: protecting critical data and infrastructure. They’re expected to conduct an investigation, and remediate and prevent future attacks, all with under-staffed or non-existent cybersecurity teams, limited incident response capacity, and a…

Why autonomous vehicles might accelerate the theft of personal information

by Jim DeLorenzo

The impact autonomous cars will have on cities and communities is massive. But are we ready?  One study found only 6 percent of U.S. city and regional transportation plans address the potential effects of driverless technology. Self-driving cars stand to benefit societies by potentially reducing traffic accidents, creating better air quality and bringing more productivity to people’s days when they aren’t wasting time stuck behind the wheel. But there’s also a…

Statewide approach to cybersecurity monitoring in California brings better visibility, faster threat detection

by Jason Shueh

An upgrade is coming for the cybersecurity operation in the state that spends the most money on technology annually. In July, California officially launched its Security Operations Center — a 24-hour-a-day unit tasked with monitoring threats from the state’s dozens of departments, agencies and offices. While the center had been in the works for the past several months, the SOC is now entering its second of four phases of growth, Chief Information Security Officer Peter Liebert…