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Big time phishing

Widespread remote work at all levels of government fueled an aggressive surge in mobile phishing attacks designed to steal public-sector employees’ credentials, according to research published today by the security firm Lookout, with one out of 13 state and local government workers experiencing a mobile phishing attempt in 2020. And while basic phishing tactics haven't changed much during the pandemic, attacks are becoming more sophisticated by focusing more on credential theft and long-term network access rather than just malware delivery, said Steve Banda, a senior manger for security solutions at Lookout. "SolarWinds really exemplifies where we’re going with this and showcases well the ultimate intention is to get inside and stay inside," he said. Benjamin Freed has more.

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AT&T to distribute hotspots to students

School districts that serve vulnerable and disabled students in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and 24 other states will receive free Wi-Fi hotspots from AT&T and Connected Nation, a nonprofit that provides communities with broadband technology and support, the organizations announced Tuesday. Through a portion of a $10 million award from AT&T, Connected Nation will provide 124 school districts and community organizations with hotspots, data subscriptions and content filtering services, potentially providing internet access to at least 35,000 school-age kids who don't have reliable internet access. Ryan Johnston has details.

Check your FTA

CISA and cybersecurity authorities in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Singapore this morning published an advisory warning users of a file transfer service from Accellion, which was recently the victim of a large data breach, details of which are still unfolding. Accellion clients that've been caught up in the breach include the State of Washington, the University of Colorado, the Kroeger supermarket chain and aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. The advisory offers mitigation steps that should be taken by Accellion customers, including state, local, tribal and territorial governments. Read the advisory here.


SASE: A new vision of the security perimeter for enterprise networks

The pandemic forced state and local IT leaders to fast-track security, cloud and digital transformation priorities. However, the collection of agency security tools that protect the physical enterprise and networks no longer align with the needs for a remote workforce. With the bulk of work increasingly flowing outside traditional enterprise security barriers, agency leaders need to rethink network security paradigms Read more in the report.

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