SANS INSTITUTE TRAINING: Attend Cyber Defense Initiative 2015. You are invited to attend SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2015 (CDI), SANS is the one educational organization known for developing the cybersecurity skills most in need right now. SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2015 will feature courses in IT security, security management, IT audit, penetration testing, and computer forensics, including short courses that can be taken with a long course to enhance your training. Read more

INFORMATION SHARING ACT: Congress’ Cybersecurity Plan Has Some Major Flaws. After being flooded with millions of faxes and phone calls, the U.S. Senate postponed voting on the controversial cybersecurity bill that privacy advocates warn could be a backdoor to more government surveillance. Read more

VULNERABILITY: Easily Exploitable Certifi-Gate Bug Opens Android Devices To Hijacking. Check Point’s mobile security research team discovered a vulnerability in Android that affects phones, tablets and devices made by major manufacturers including LG, Samsung, HTC and ZTE. The team disclosed its findings during a briefing session at Black Hat USA 2015. Read more

SMB RELAY: Researchers Find Way To Steal Windows Active Directory Credentials From The Internet. An attack using the SMB file sharing protocol that has been believed to work only within local area networks for over a decade can also be executed over the Internet, two researchers showed at the Black Hat security conference. Read more


ARIZONA: Local And State Policymakers Should Be Prepared To Deal With Emerging Technologies. The rapid growth of technology will impact our lives in meaningful ways. At the same time it poses a challenge for state and local governments that are charged with establishing rules and regulations that often draw important revenue. Read more

GEORGIA: 7 State Assistance Programs To Utilize Fraud Detection Services. Fraud costs government assistance programs billions each year, and the state of Georgia is doing something about it. Read more

CALIFORNIA: Other States Are Using Technology That Could Save Cali From Drought. With California facing a fourth grueling year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January. Worse, a recent report claims that inefficient practices by state water agencies do little to provide relief. However, using the water detection technology that other cities across the nation are currently testing could be a solution. Read more

NORTH CAROLINA: Making Transparency A Top Priority. here are some really good things on the table as the budget conferees discuss, debate, compromise, and finalize North Carolina’s government spending for the next two years. Allocating more than $22 billion each year in General Fund revenue is a big deal. Adding money from the federal government and other sources, state spending each year becomes a $50 billion big deal. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – September 10, 2015

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