Cyberattack Simulation for Election Disruption: A NACo Training

Presented by the NACo County Tech Xchange and Professional Development Academy, join a cyberattack simulation to prepare your county's response. In response to the growing threat landscape and complexity of the interdependent and networked business of counties, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is partnering with the Professional Development Academy and their community of CISOs, CIOS, risk managers and cyber leaders to launch cyberattack simulation training. When: February 27, 2023, at 1:00 PM to March 3,…

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Maryland Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MD-ISAC) Goes Live

The Maryland Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MD-ISAC) is live and available for government partners, including county governments. A combination of people, process, technology, and partners, the MD-ISAC is staffed with a complement of cyber threat intelligence (CTI) analysts that develop and curate information that can help prevent successful cyber attacks against Maryland and its local government partners. The MD-ISAC is an effort that started in late 2021 and was viewed as such a critical…

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Crisis Control – Principles and Practice at #MACoCon

At the MACo Winter Conference, an expert panel explained how policymakers and community partners can apply emergency management principles to solve today's most complex challenges. Communities face more frequent and complex disasters due to vexing issues like a changing climate, social and economic inequity, aging infrastructure, cyber threats, and humanitarian crises. By enhancing communication and collaboration with local emergency managers, policymakers and community partners can apply emergency management principles to solve today's most complex challenges.…

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Knowing Your Cyber Weakness is a Key Takeaway at #MACoCon

Cybersecurity experts weigh in on best practices and the need to stay on top of our cyber hygiene in a world of evolving threats. The risk to government infrastructure was certainly not understated in this informative panel. Computer technology has been integrated into public life all the way down to the actual function of clean water coming from a faucet. Protecting government information and operations is now, more than ever, a priority that requires constant…

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FCC Seeking Public Comment on School Cybersecurity

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comment on its role to support school cybersecurity. The Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is soliciting public input on using the Bureau's  E-rate program to pay for school and library cybersecurity improvements, like advanced or next-generation firewalls. The agency's E-rate program provides significant discounts for school internet connections and telecommunications infrastructure. Currently, the program only covers basic firewall services. According to K-12 Dive, an education…

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Back to Basics: What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity at #MACoCon

On Wednesday afternoon of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on cybersecurity basics.   Recent history has shown cybersecurity to be one of the most fundamental functions of local government. In Maryland, counties are central to delivering public service. This vigorous service delivery requires a robust information infrastructure, and that infrastructure is susceptible to attack. How a local government treats cybersecurity means the difference between uninterrupted service delivery or having the basic functions…

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Cybersecurity’s Critical Factors: A Free NACo Webinar

Join Tanium and Najavo County to learn more about how the Whole of State approach is being adopted regionally and nationally; and learn how to get started in your county.   Whole of State Cybersecurity is a collaborative effort between State Government, Local Municipalities (Cities/Counties), and Education (K12/Higher Ed) to protect the citizens, individual municipalities, and the state, as a whole, from cybersecurity events.  Pillars of Whole of State include, Information Sharing Incident Response Planning Proactive…

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Hogan Issues Emergency Cybersecurity Directive Banning TikTok, Other Foreign-Based Platforms in State Government

Governor Larry Hogan today announced an emergency cybersecurity directive to prohibit certain Chinese and Russian-influenced products and platforms for the executive branch of state government, including TikTok. According to Governor Hogan, these entities present an unacceptable level of cybersecurity risk to the state and may be involved in cyber espionage, surveillance of government entities, and inappropriate collection of sensitive personal information. “There may be no greater threat to our personal safety and national security than…

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Washington County Hit With Thanksgiving Day Cyber Attack

Washington County is grappling with the effects of a Thanksgiving Day cyber incident that disrupted certain computer systems, the County’s website, and some County services. As a result, several services and websites remain unavailable. Washington County is working to restore services and investigating the incident with partners from the Maryland Department of Information Technology, Maryland Department of Emergency Management, and other specialists. According to Washington County: We continue working to restore County services that were…

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Cybersecurity Leadership Academy Offers Scholarships

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, when you enroll one leader into the Cybersecurity Leadership Academy, they will provide a 100% scholarship for a second attendee. Cyber threats are one of the most pressing issues facing county leaders today. Whether it is regular phishing attacks, misinformation, or ransomware demands, cybersecurity is essential for the business of your county. It is because of these cyber threats and the need for strong leadership that the National…

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