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CISA publishes cyber toolkit for election officials ahead of midterms

CISA yesterday released a guide to digital threats facing state and local election officials and recommendations on how to mitigate them in the run-up to November. The “Cybersecurity Toolkit to Protect Elections” aims to help election administrators and their staffs protect themselves against a range of threats. It's the latest output CISA's Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, or JCDC, the agency's AC/DC-inspired collaboration between federal cyber officials and the private sector. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Are ransomware attacks really on the downswing? It’s complicated

On this week’s episode of the Priorities podcast, Recorded Future intelligence analyst Allan Liska tells Ben that while ransomware attacks appear to be happening less than last year, there’s still plenty of reason for public sector leaders to stay on guard. Liska explains why it's sometimes tricky to track ransomware incidents, and weighs in on whether new incident reporting laws will make much of an impact.   Listen to the podcast.


N.C. cybersecurity strategy leverages legislative and workforce development measures

Rob Main, North Carolina’s State Chief Risk Officer, says that as the pandemic unfolded, he saw the state’s enterprise security and risk management scope broaden requiring the state to ramp up cybersecurity initiatives and workforce development programs. Main discusses several of these programs and security strategies in the new StateScoop series, “Cyber Protection Starts with your Workforce.” Watch more from Main.

Former Cleveland utility employee pleads guilty to installing keyloggers at work

A former employee at Cleveland Public Power, the Ohio city’s publicly owned electric utility, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to charges that he installed devices to record coworkers’ keystrokes and that he lied to the FBI during the initial investigation. John Pelton, 55, had been working as the utility’s chief electric transmission officer in January 2021 when, prosecutors said, he attached keyloggers to two computers in a control room that was only accessible with a credentialed badge. Pelton had initially denied knowledge of the keyloggers when he was first interviewed by federal agents in May 2021. Ben has details.

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