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  1. Governor Tom Wolf  of PA participated in a press conference to celebrate the one-year anniversary of signing Clean Slate into law and to announce that automatic sealing of criminal records has officially begun.

  2. Local elections offices in Florida received funds on July 8 to be used for 2020 election security improvements, according to a news report. 

  3. Fifty-three percent of companies have over 1,000 sensitive files open to every employee, up from 41 percent last year, according to the 2019 Data Risk Report. 

  4. Now that the list of victims of mobile spyware includes household names like Jeff Bezos, many security professionals are well aware that any commercial smartphone can be remotely compromised and essentially turned into a live bug that hears everything the user says and hears. 

  5. Registration is now open for the 2019 Security 500 conference, to be held on November 18, 2019 in Pentagon City, Va.

  6. With the rise of the fourth industrial revolution—Industry 4.0—technology has become an inextricable aspect of business operations in most sectors. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) has become ubiquitous across a wide range of industries.

  7. Equifax will pay a $700 million settlement over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other data of nearly 150 million people.

  8. Drug overdose deaths in the United States declined 5.1% in 2018, according to data by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

     

  9.  British Airways canceled all flights to Cairo for 7 days for security reasons.

  10. An advisory panel is recommending that the Little Rock, Ark. School District not arm its security officers.

  11. The use of facial recognition in the United States public sector has received a great deal of press lately, and most of it isn’t positive. 

     

  12. Ever heard the term “hack-back”? Hacking back is the process of identifying attacks on a system and their origin.

  13. Kaylee's Law, named after Kaylee Sawyer, who was killed by a security officer at Central Oregon Community College in Bend during 2016, promises to change campus security laws for the well-being of students and staff at local Oregon colleges. 

  14. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport implemented kiosks for a biometric scanning service for travelers. 

  15. A bill authored by U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to give formerly incarcerated individuals a fairer shot at finding employment passed the House of Representatives, as part of a larger package related to military defense. 

  16. The $380 million of Federal funds allocated to election security is not sufficient, and additional Federal support will be needed to secure the 2020 election, says a new report.

  17. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Washington Redskins held a joint tabletop exercise with local law enforcement and first responders to review and test plans to respond to a public safety emergency FedExField.

  18. On October 1, 2017 a lone gunman fired down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, killings dozens of people attending a country music festival.

  19. The COBIT2019 framework includes a holistic approach to manage cyber risks.

  20. Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to the FBI and the FTC expressing his concerns with FaceApp, a mobile software application headquartered in Russia that uses artificial intelligence to alter users' images to make them look younger or older.

  21. Southern Manatee County Fire and Rescue with a drone manufacturer to test and fly drones to be used for emergency rescue operations. 

  22. Seventy-two percent of respondents in a survey say they recycle passwords, leaving them vulnerable to cyber attacks. 

  23. The risk of a cyberattack against healthcare organizations is growing rapidly, with some 83 percent of health CISOs reporting an increased number of attacks in the past year.

  24. The city council of Oakland, Calif. has voted to ban the municipal use of facial recognition technology within its borders.

  25. Vacation rental management company Vacasa has named Jeff Bryner the company's first CISO.