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Researchers reveal how malicious hackers are increasingly targeting local election workers with phishing emails. Treasury wants industry input on cyber insurance. And the Army will get its own office dedicated to zero trust. This is CyberScoop for Oct. 12.

Hackers zero in on local election workers

Election workers in Arizona and Pennsylvania were inundated with a “surge” in malicious emails ahead of those states’ August primaries, security researchers said Wednesday, highlighting the ongoing threat facing election officials weeks before contentious midterms. The malicious activity, which included password theft attempts and efforts to deliver malware via poisoned links, is particularly concerning considering that county election workers are often “the least sophisticated actors in terms of cybersecurity postures, but the most critical in actual electoral engagement with voters,” researchers with cybersecurity firm Trellix’s Advanced Research Center said. AJ Vicens reports.

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Treasury looks into cyber insurance

The U.S. Treasury Department is seeking feedback from industry about whether it should take steps to support the cyber insurance market. In a request for information published on Sept. 29, the department said it is looking for views on existential risks to the marketplace and policy measures that could help address such risks. Policy measures include the creation of a backstop program for cyber insurance risk akin to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, which was created after 9/11 to allow Wall Street to continue to offer coverage for terrorism risk. John Hewitt Jones writes in FedScoop.

Army will open zero trust office

The Army is creating a zero-trust program office aimed at gaining better insight over the various efforts under the umbrella of the security architecture with the hopes of prioritizing better investment in associated technologies. “The big announcement here today is [the Army is going to] really align all of these efforts under a single command and control and to make sure we have good alignment of these programs, because the zero-trust reference architecture is hard. There’s 90 different capabilities in there. But if we cannot map to that reference architecture and we don’t know how all these pieces fit together, then we don’t really know whether we accomplish that mission or not,” Raj Iyer, the Army’s chief information officer, told reporters Tuesday. Mark Pomerleau writes in DefenseScoop.

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