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MSSP Alert’s regional coverage of managed security services providers, cybersecurity news and events in the Americas and Canada — including the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and more.

Bill to Make Voting System Hacking a Federal Crime Passes Senate

Hackers breaking into any voting system used in U.S. federal elections can be charged with a federal crime by the U.S. Justice Department, Senate legislation says.

Lawmakers Warned 2020 Census Data Vulnerable to Hackers

The 2020 U.S. Census faces high risk cybersecurity issues, according to a hearing held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Small Business Cybersecurity: House Passes Key Bill

The House passes Small Business Administration (SBA) Cyber Awareness Act (H.R. 2331), which requires the SBA to expand its ability to combat cyber threats.

U.S. Mayors Vow to Reject Ransomware Payment Demands

The U.S. Conference of Mayors says their cities, towns & municipalities will no longer make ransomware payments following hackers & malware attacks.

U.S. Political Campaign Cybersecurity: Service Provider Discounts Permitted

Cybersecurity consultants & managed security service providers (MSSPs) can offer price discounts to help protect U.S. political campaigns from hackers, the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) rules.

U.S. Elections 2020 Cybersecurity: Feds Vow Transparency

U.S. faces potential “active threats” to muck up 2020 elections, the nation’s top cybersecurity cops tell Congress. But preventive measures are mounting.

Small Business Cybersecurity Assistance Act Offers Tools, Consulting, Resources

Small businesses will gain cybersecurity tools, consulting services & resources developed by the Department of Homeland Security if a bill passes Congress

Federal Workers Can Sue Over Data Breach, Court Says

Two class action lawsuits, in which federal workers claimed they were harmed by a personal data breach, can proceed, a court of appeals has ruled.

Pennsylvania County Cyberattack: MSSP Assists Recovery

Luzerne County in northern Pennsylvania hires Sylint, a managed security services provider (MSSP), to assist courthouse cyberattack recovery.

Federal Agencies Left Sensitive Data Exposed for Decade

Several federal agencies failed to patch vulnerabilities in their IT infrastructure, exposing sensitive data to potential hackers, a new report says.