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A cyber report card for counties

The National Association of Counties announced this week that it’s offering a cybersecurity risk evaluation tool for its members to test on their public networks, cloud vendors and other third-party providers. The organization ran a pilot project with SecurityScorecard, a platform that assigns letter grades, ranging from A to F. Rita Reynolds, NACo's CIO, said that while the counties that participated in the pilot saw their scores go up, there's "room for improvement." Benjamin Freed reports.

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California AG wants data privacy 'floor'

A coalition of 10 state attorneys general, led by Rob Bonta of California, has called on Congress to adopt national data privacy legislation that “sets a federal floor, not a ceiling.” In a letter dated Tuesday, Bonta and his colleagues urged federal lawmakers to “respect the important work already undertaken by states to provide strong privacy protections for our residents" as Congress considers new legislation. Lindsay McKenzie has details.

Reshaping citizen experiences and service delivery

State, county and municipal government agencies recognize the importance of improving their customers' user experience for various services. In an anonymous survey, we would like to know your view of your agency's progress in improving customer experience and what strategies look like to improve the delivery of public services now and in the future. Share your thoughts.

FBI expects 'onslaught' of digital threats against midterms

FBI Director Christopher Wray said yesterday that federal authorities are preparing for a wave of multilayered cyberattacks and influence operations from China, Russia and Iran in the run up to November’s midterm elections. The risks posed to the American public by “relatively modest hacking” increase exponentially when foreign governments layer such efforts with influence operations and disinformation that “causes panic or lack of confidence in our election infrastructure,” Wray said during a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York. Suzanne Smalley reports for CyberScoop.

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