Public Sector Cybersecurity Weekly Briefing 06-08-2018

Collaboration to Protect Critical Government Infrastructure Reboots, Eyes National Expansion
Starting in Washington state, the project — called the Public Infrastructure Security Collaboration and Exchange System, or PISCES — is a reboot of a Seattle-area project that lost support in 2013, and has been brought back to life, expanded to include not only cross-sector monitoring of local government’s most essential infrastructure — 911 systems, public safety communications, water treatment facilities, and so on — but also to build a workforce development and research ecosystem. […] “Analysts are being trained not with books and exercises, but they’re sitting in front of live fire,” Hamilton said. “So we get infrastructure protection from that, we get workforce development, we get opportunities for research.”

The Next 9/11 Will be a Cyberattack, Security Expert Warns
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risks Report 2018 names cyberattacks and cyber warfare as a top cause of disruption in the next five years, coming only after natural disasters and extreme weather events. “In a worst-case scenario, attackers could trigger a breakdown in the systems that keep societies functioning,” the report said. Industry and critical infrastructure like power grids and water purification systems could be potential targets for hackers, whether they are small groups or state actors.

Lewis County Says Cybersecurity Difficult, Essential 
“There’s an over 300 percent increase in endpoint user attacks [on agencies in Washington state]” Wohld said. “The attacks on Lewis County are significant and much higher than they ever were.” […] Since last year, Lewis County’s IT Services department has moved from spending 10 to 15 percent of its time on cybersecurity to devoting 40 percent of its time to the issue. Part of the concern is that hackers are increasingly not just going after networks, but targeting county employees to try to infiltrate the system.

New York to Hold Election Cybersecurity Drills
The exercises will simulate scenarios in which a hostile group seeks to tamper with voting systems, change election tallies or otherwise undermine voter confidence. Members of law enforcement, state cybersecurity experts and election officials will participate in the training drills, which will be held around the state through the middle of June.

Atlanta Cyberattack Destroyed Critical Police Evidence 
The attack wiped out the city police department’s dashcam footage archive which could compromise DUI cases and has already resulted in a Police Department investigator being unable to produce a critical piece of evidence in testimony at a personnel hearing given by a veteran, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields told WSB-TV Channel 2. Shields would not speculate on how many cases were affected but when asked if the attack may have compromised any use of force or pursuit cases, Shields said she not worried.

 

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