Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office will provide $1 million to Iowa counties to assist them with cybersecurity resources ahead of the 2020 elections, Pate announced on Thursday. The investment comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Iowa’s Office of the Chief Information Officer are preparing to conduct scans of all 99 counties’ […]

Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office will provide $1 million to Iowa counties to assist them with cybersecurity resources ahead of the 2020 elections, Pate announced on Thursday. The investment comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Iowa’s Office of the Chief Information Officer are preparing to conduct scans of all 99 counties’ […]

Universities, colleges and the U.S. Strategic Command meet on Iowa State University’s campus for the two-day Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance conference, which aims to foster academic community interest in researching deterrence and strategic national security in a global threat environment. The 2020 conference March 11-12 highlights cybersecurity issues including election security, identity theft and nuclear command, […]

 A popular data set used by thousands of students to build an open-source self driving car contains hundreds of instances of critical errors and omissions, wrote Roboflow cofounder Brad Dwyer in a company blog. “We did a hand-check of the 15,000 images in the widely used Udacity Dataset 2 and found problems with 4,986 (33%) […]

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has hired Jeff Franklin as the chief cybersecurity officer, Pate announced on Thursday morning. Franklin has served as the State of Iowa’s Chief Information Security Officer for the past 10 years. In his new role, Franklin will lead efforts to protect Iowa’s elections in 2020 and beyond, the office […]

Screenshot of the IowaReporterApp, developed by Shadow Inc., by Motherboard.  To be clear: this briefing, in a state technology and innovation e-newsletter, does not explore whether an app is solely to blame for political chaos immediately after the 2020 Iowa caucus for the Democratic presidential nominee. But the IowaReporterApp, developed by a for-profit company called Shadow, […]

Court documents filed Thursday show that Dallas County has dropped charges against two men accused of breaking into the Dallas County courthouse to test its security, reports KCCI. Coalfire Security employees Justin Wynn and Gary Demercurio were charged in September 2019 with felony burglary after authorities said they were caught inside the Dallas County Courthouse […]

Strauss Security Solutions is merging with Security Equipment Inc. (SEi) to become Strauss Security Solutions Powered by SEi, the companies announced. Both companies have Des Moines offices, though SEi’s corporate headquarters are in Omaha. Strauss Security Solutions will keep its name and presence in Des Moines, President Chad Breheny said, and existing employees will have […]

DMARC Food Pantry usage tracked within a 1-mile radius of Business Publications Corp. on Fourth Street, parent company of the Des Moines Business Record and dsm Magazine. DMARC serves 1,681 unique individuals who report addresses in proximity of BPC. The blue dots across the map mark individual households that relied on DMARC Food Pantry services […]