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EU-US Privacy Shield: Four FTC Settlements Announced

FTC announces four organizations reach settlements in EU-US Privacy Shield cases.

National Council to Trump: U.S. Unprepared for Cyber Threats on Critical Infrastructure

Heightened cyber risks to critical U.S. infrastructure present an “existential threat” to national security, the NIAC cautioned in a newly published draft report.

Ransomware Attacks: Some U.S. Cities, Towns Still Don’t Get It

The cyberattack against Pensacola, Florida, highlights a troubling reality: Some U.S. mayors still don’t understand the basics of business continuity, cybersecurity & risk mitigation.

Fishtech Group Preps North Arkansas Cyber Defense Center

Cybersecurity services provider Fishtech Group plans to open a 10,000-square-foot Cyber Defense Center (CDC) in Rogers, Arkansas in 2020.

U.S. 2020 Election Security: Auditing Tool Coming Soon

The Department of Homeland Security’s CISA arm partners to customize an auditing tool to verify 2020 U.S. election results.

U.S. Election Security: Potential Legislation Leverages NIST, NSF

A new bill seeks to leverage NIST and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research to improve U.S. elections & voting systems from hackers.

5G Wireless Networks Need National Security Advisor, Lawmakers Say

5G wireless networks need a U.S. national security coordinator to lead & unify the country’s emerging telecommunications platform, bipartisan lawmakers assert.

Ransomware Attacks New Jersey’s Livingston Public Schools

New Jersey’s Livingston Public Schools suffers ransomware attack. Malware compromises servers, renders data inaccessible & forces class delays.

New Ohio Cybersecurity Law Sets Civilian Cyber Reserve Team

Cybersecurity legislation aimed at insulating Ohio’s election systems and electoral processes from hackers has been signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine

Bipartisan Bill Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Education, Workforce Training

A new, incentives laden bill to expand cybersecurity education, recruit educators and extend employee training has been proposed by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.