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As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased use of remote education, K-12 schools across the nation have increasingly reported ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.
Federal agencies offer products and services to help schools prevent and respond to cyberattacks.
Telework is essential to the continuity of federal operations in emergencies—but it also brings added cybersecurity risks. We examined federal agencies' preparedness to support expanded telework during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Law enforcement agencies use forensic algorithms in criminal investigations to help assess whether evidence originated from a specific individual—improving the speed and objectivity of many investigations.
The supply chain for information and communication technologies can be an access point for hackers. Compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software, for example, was sent to an estimated 18,000 customers.
Law enforcement has long used physical evidence, such as fingerprints, to help solve crimes. Now, computer algorithms can help assess whether such evidence might be associated with a specific person—a process known as forensic attribution.
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