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Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

Local governments still have questions as cyber grants inch forward

January 23, 2023

Via: StateScoop

The federal government’s new cybersecurity grant program continues to loom large for state and local technology officials, with several more mileposts to go before the money starts flowing, government IT experts said last week. Speaking during a biannual online briefing […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, IT Policy, Tech

What’s the state of AI accountability in government?

January 4, 2023

Via: FCW

Government agencies don’t have a “precise definition” of artificial intelligence accountability in federal guidance, according to a new report from the non-profit American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s group focused on emerging technology. Although non-binding risk management and […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

The Federal Government is Moving on Memory Safety for Cybersecurity

December 27, 2022

Via: Nextgov

The massive appropriations bill Congress passed Friday included a Christmas present for advocates of using memory-safe coding languages to stem a significant majority of the software vulnerabilities exploited by cyber adversaries. “For the first time ever, Congress has included memory […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

The UK says sharing Netflix passwords is illegal, could be criminal fraud

December 20, 2022

Via: TechSpot

TorrentFreak writes that the UK Government’s Intellectual Property Office published new piracy guidance yesterday in the form of a campaign in partnership with Meta that’s designed to help people avoid piracy and counterfeit goods online. Most of the advice we’ve […]


IT Policy, Tech

Organizations Unprepared for Upcoming Data Privacy Regulations

December 16, 2022

Via: Dark Reading

Most organizations are ill-equipped when it comes to meeting upcoming compliance standards for data privacy, according to a new CYTRIO report focused on GDPR and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) Data Subject Access Request […]


IT Policy, Tech

CISA’s Strategic Plan Is Ushering in a New Cybersecurity Era

November 29, 2022

Via: Dark Reading

The federal government has once again signaled that our traditional approach to cybersecurity, one predicated solely on prevention and perimeter defenses, is failing us. In the past two years alone, 76% of organizations were attacked by ransomware, and 66% experienced […]


IT Policy, Tech

Senators Applaud Intelligence Leader’s Commitment to Declassification Reform

October 27, 2022

Via: Government Executive

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Wash., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., are encouraged by the Biden administration’s response to the huge and growing backlog of government documents that need to be processed so that more of them can be revealed to the public. […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

White House rolls out $1 billion in cyber funding to states

September 16, 2022

Via: Washington's Top News

Nearly a year after the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal crossed the finish line, states may begin applying for the $1 billion pot of cybersecurity funds written into law and designed to tackle increasing vulnerabilities across U.S. critical infrastructure. […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

CISA launches incident, ransomware reporting rulemaking RFI

September 12, 2022

Via: CSO Online

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released its request for information (RFI) on upcoming reporting requirements that will mandate organizations report significant cybersecurity incidents within 72 hours and ransomware payments 24 hours after payments are made. The RFI […]


IT Policy, Tech

FTC contemplates rules to protect against commercial surveillance and lax data privacy

August 12, 2022

Via: FCW

The Federal Trade Commission is looking at boosting its efforts to combat commercial surveillance and relaxed data security, in an effort to protect online consumer privacy. As part of this effort, the FTC seeks public comment on its Advance Notice […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

NIST Revises Cybersecurity Guidelines Specifically for HIPAA

July 22, 2022

Via: Nextgov

The National Institute of Standards and Technology updated its guidance on how healthcare organizations and companies can protect their patients’ data security through new cybersecurity recommendations. Published on Thursday, the new cybersecurity draft resource guide specifically works to help agencies […]


IT Policy, Tech

Russia fines Google $370M for refusing to bend to Putin’s war propaganda

July 20, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Google formed its exit strategy from Russia, suspending all ads by March, then blocking Play Store app sales and removing most of its employees by May. After that, Google has only continued to provide […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

Congressional hearings focus on AI, machine learning challenges in cybersecurity

June 14, 2022

Via: CSO Online

Congressional hearings on artificial intelligence and machine learning in cyberspace quietly took place in the U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee’s Subcommittee on Cyber in early May 2022. The committee discussed the topic with representatives from Google, Microsoft and the Center […]


IT Policy, Tech

Senators ask DOJ to enforce accessibility rules for state and local websites

June 13, 2022

Via: StateScoop

A group of 10 Democratic senators last week asked the Justice Department to ensure that websites and other digital services offered by state and local governments are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The letter, sent Friday, comes a […]


IT Policy, Tech

North Carolina Executive Order Establishes Cyber Task Force

May 23, 2022

Via: StateTech Magazine

The governor’s office in North Carolina has issued an executive order officially establishing a cybersecurity task force of professionals and law enforcement officials who have been helping local governments prevent and recover from cybersecurity incidents informally for the past four […]


IT Policy, Tech

FCC Implements New Rules To Battle Influx Of Robocalls

May 20, 2022

Via: Nextgov

The Federal Communications Commission took action against illegal spam calls contacting American phone lines from overseas by adopting new protocols that mandates service and gateway providers take additional steps to verify the identity of calls they rout. As part of […]


IT Policy, Tech

New DOJ guidance on enforcing hacking laws carves out safe space for security research

May 20, 2022

Via: FCW

The Department of Justice has officially revised its policy regarding a controversial law in a bid to encourage more activity from security researchers—sometimes referred to as white-hat hackers—who can find cybersecurity bugs and alert authorities for remediation before adversaries get […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, IT Policy, Tech

Biden to sign executive order, national security memo to advance quantum technologies

May 4, 2022

Via: Fox News

President Biden is expected to sign an executive order and a national security memo Wednesday to advance quantum information science in an effort to place the United States in a position to be able to “leapfrog well ahead” of adversaries […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, IT Policy, Tech

Technology trade groups urge Congress to add $300 million to the TMF

May 2, 2022

Via: FCW

A coalition of technology groups urged appropriators to invest at least $300 million in the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) for fiscal year 2023, along with additional funding to help agencies mature their zero trust capabilities. The Information Technology Industry Council, […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

New Cybersecurity Bill Authorizes DHS to Ramp up Incident Response Efforts Nationwide

April 13, 2022

Via: Government Executive

The Department of Homeland Security will soon be able to work with the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium to ramp up its cybersecurity preparedness and incident response initiatives across the country after the Senate adopted the NCPC Act by unanimous consent. […]