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States call for collaboration with federal government on cybersecurity

With a new presidential administration in town, the chairman and vice chairman of the National Governors Association called for more collaboration between the federal government and states on cybersecurity.

 

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, NGA’s chair, said governors across the nation are ready to work with the Trump administration and the 115th Congress on issues like cybersecurity and more over the course of 2017.

 

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NIST Seeks Input on Trusted Identities Guidance

The government’s research agency for digital security is releasing the latest draft of its digital authentication guidelines for public comment.

 

The draft guidance from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology essentially focuses on best practices for ensuring people and machines are who they say they are online.

 

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How cyber info sharing helps keep the lights on

  • By Sean D. Carberry
  • Feb 01, 2017
Shutterstock image (by gyn9037): High voltage towers, electricity infrastructure. 

Public-private cyber threat information sharing is critical to keeping the lights on, representatives of the electricity sector told members of Congress.

 

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State and Local Govs Need to Improve Data Sharing, Big Data Use

 

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Like their federal counterparts, state and local agencies have made great strides in acquiring and using big data — but they still have a long way to go, according to a source in the industry.

 

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New Jersey Buys Police Body Cameras

Thirty-seven law enforcement agencies across New Jersey will share $566,000 in grants to buy 1,132 police body-worn cameras. The grants are being provided using funds from the U.S. Department of Justice Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. Agencies can use up to $500 in grant funds for each camera or camera package, including camera and related equipment. Police departments in 15 of New Jersey's 21 counties received awards.

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NIST to Launch Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will launch a new, ongoing “Face Recognition Vendor Test” beginning in February 2017.

The test will be aimed at evaluating the face recognition performance on cooperative images, as collected in civil and criminal identity management applications. NIST notes that the test will also evaluate accuracy on more difficult images, including in-the-wild and photo journalism images and noncooperative surveillance stills.

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Emerging Issues for Improving the Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence: Three New Reports Now Available

The Office of Violence against Women (OVW) is pleased to announce the release of several documents that address emerging issues related to improving the law enforcement response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  The documents reflect input from diverse stakeholders and were developed in conjunction with OVW’s national technical assistance providers.

OVW hopes that these documents and tools will be helpful for law enforcement and victim advocacy organizations across the country as they continue to work together to strengthen a coordinated community response, improve policies to respond to emerging issues, and enhance services and support for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

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Pennsylvania Justice Network and Cumberland County Laboratory Information Management System Web Service Project

In Cumberland County, law enforcement and forensic laboratories have merged their recordkeeping systems, eliminating a duplication of efforts and thus, decreasing the wait time for results of forensic testing.

In 2014, the Pennsylvania Justice Network received a $250,000 grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program to improve justice information sharing. This award was in conjunction with a $480,000 Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement award. With funding from these awards, officials developed a new laboratory management system, leveraged existing Web services, and improved the sharing of information about blood evidence between the county’s forensics lab and criminal justice agency partners.

This project is in support of the long-standing efforts by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to improve information sharing and automate data exchanges within the criminal justice system.

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NIST Finalizes Cyberattack Recovery Guidance

Preventing all cyberattacks is a good, but unrealistic, goal. That’s why preparing for recovery from a cyber incident can be just as important as prevention, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The agency’s Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery provides a single resource to help organizations develop strategies to contain an opponent and restore operations quickly.

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