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Account takeovers are on the rise

Agencies at all levels of government aren’t doing enough to prevent digital fraud, according to a survey published this week by the credit-monitoring firm Transunion. This is despite an increase, the company said, in the number of reported incidents over the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the survey of IT and cybersecurity professionals in federal, state and local governments, 53% said the number of account-takeover incidents have increased over the past two years, while 60% said such attacks are becoming more severe. But just 41% of respondents said their bosses are making prevention a priority, while just 38% said their agency regularly assesses their abilities to detect and stop fraud. Benjamin Freed reports.

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About those vaccine passports

Tech companies and global organizations have championed health passes, sometimes known as vaccine passports, as a means to securely reopen businesses and borders as COVID-19 cases drop and vaccination rates rise. They've also divided states, with some like New York and California embracing them, while several, like Florida and Georgia, have banned them. But as CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports, privacy advocates are raising alarms that vaccine passports may morph into broader digital IDs without much oversight or privacy protections. “The private sector is stepping up to fill the gap that the government has left,” said Jeremy Grant, the coordinator of the Better Identity Coalition, an industry-led group pushing for new digital identification policy in the United States. Read more on CyberScoop.

Oakland CIO resigns

Andrew Peterson, Oakland, California’s top technology official for the past four years, stepped down earlier this month to take a role as the chief technology officer for Riviera Partners, a San Francisco recruiting firm. In addition to maintaining the city’s enterprise technology and data centers, he’s also credited with developing the Reimagining Public Safety dashboards, a tool designed to improve monitoring of Oakland Police Department officers. Colin Wood has the story.

Using GIS to fix storm damage

Three little-publicized storms that did more than $100 million in damage to the northern reaches of Wisconsin over the past decade have occupied much of state geographic information officer Jim Giglierano’s time in recent years. As he told a NSGIC event yesterday, Giglierano and his office’s partners have been mapping the four counties bordering Lake Superior in an attempt to understand the damage to local roads, pipes and water culverts left by major storms in the summers of 2012, 2016 and 2018. Colin has details.

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