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It never hurts to ask

One of the biggest hurdles local governments face in developing better cybersecurity collaborations with their states, panelists said during an online conference yesterday, may also be one of the simplest to overcome. Speaking during CompTIA event, city and state IT officials said the first thing cities can, but don’t always, do is pick up the phone and ask for help, even if it takes a few tries. “You’ve got to be persistent,” said Bryan, Texas, CIO Bernie Acre. "Sooner or later, you’ve got to find someone that has the desire to help." Benjamin Freed reports.

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Bracing for the onslaught

From robocalls and spam texts to social media from domestic and foreign sources, voters and election officials have been getting bombarded with misinformation and disinformation for months. But the biggest onslaught may come next week, CyberScoop's Shannon Vavra reports. Tonya Ugoretz, the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, says Americans should prepare to not know the results on election night and not take the bait of malicious actors trying to create discord. “The bottom line is Americans will need to be patient," she said. Read more on CyberScoop.

San Jose Mayor tells feds and industry to step up on 5G

While several of the biggest cities in the country have already installed 5G infrastructure along downtown streets, the next great leap in connectivity will have to be spurred by action from telecommunications companies or the federal government, San Jose, California, Mayor Sam Liccardo said yesterday. Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Washington Post, Liccardo said that "if we’re not going to put this burden on local taxpayers," the FCC and industry will need to "step up." Ryan Johnston has more.

Governors endorse interstate cyber assistance in defense bill

The National Governors Association last week gave its endorsement to multiple proposals in an upcoming defense spending bill that would increase the National Guard's role in helping states with cybersecurity activities. One proposal would direct the Army and Air Force to develop pilot programs in which Guard units from one state could offer remote assistance to the government or National Guard of another state. Ben has details.

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