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Warrantless FBI searches of Americans more than doubled last year. Industry groups make a request to Congress for tech funding. And a New Mexico county adopts a cybersecurity policy after a ransomware incident. This is CyberScoop for May 2.

ODNI discloses 3.4M warrantless searches last year

The FBI ran 3.4 million searches last year on U.S. citizens data without a warrant. The disclosure — made in an annual transparency report that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued Friday — revealed a significant increase in such searches over the prior year. The searches were of data the National Security Agency collected and were conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) Section 702. The law, which is more than 40 years old, is due to expire next year amid increasing concern about government surveillance and individual privacy. Suzanne Smalley reports.

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Industry groups call on lawmakers to support extra tech funding in FY23 appropriations

In a joint letter published Friday, nine trade groups asked lawmakers to support either meeting or exceeding the $300 million the White House requested for the Technology Modernization Fund in fiscal 2023. The groups added that lawmakers in both chambers should support the provision of broader funding for tech modernization to ensure that agencies are able to meet zero trust goals. “Funding is also needed to meet the government’s cybersecurity needs and goals. OMB Memorandum M-22-09, which follows the Executive Order on ‘Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity’ (EO 14028), directs all federal agencies to mature their zero trust capabilities,” the missive said. John Hewitt Jones has the story at FedScoop.

New Mexico county adopts cybersecurity policy months after ransomware attack

Nearly four months after a ransomware attack forced the closure of municipal buildings and prompted a local jail to lock down inmates, officials in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, this week approved their first governmentwide cybersecurity policy. The county, which contains Albuquerque and is New Mexico’s most populous, disclosed the incident Jan. 5, the first U.S. public-sector ransomware victim to do so in 2022. The ransomware, which has not been publicly attributed to any known malicious actor, knocked out county websites, shut down internal systems and resulted in numerous public services being unavailable for days. Read more at StateScoop from Benjamin Freed.

WATCH: Interviews from Zero Trust Summit 2022

Cybersecurity decision-makers from the public and private sectors joined CyberScoop at the Zero Trust Summit last month to discuss the adoption of zero trust across government, supply chain security and cloud security. Tune in for exclusive interviews with:

Find everything from the event here.


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