Cybersecurity

Protection from Ransomware Attacks Isn’t as Simple as Insurance

In the wake of high-profile ransomware attacks, local governments are looking to cyberinsurance to mitigate risk. But not all policies are equal and merit close scrutiny, experts say.

The New Target That Enables Ransomware Hackers to Paralyze Dozens of Towns and Businesses at Once

Cybercriminals are zeroing in on the managed service providers that handle computer systems for local governments and medical clinics.

Texas Cities Rebounding From Ransomware Attack

Local governments have credited data backups and cyber security policies with the quick recovery and say cyber insurance will help recoup recovery-related costs.

Coordinated Ransomware Attack in Texas Seen as Escalation From Prior Hacks

Twenty-three local governments were attacked over the weekend. The willingness of city governments to pay ransoms may be emboldening opportunistic hackers, security experts warn.

Election Officials Spar Over Speed, Scope of Voter Registration Upgrades

A long-planned overhaul of Iowa’s voter registration database will not be completed before the 2020 elections.

Fewer Than Half of States Take These Two Election Security Precautions

The Brennan Center for Justice found only 24 states will both have voting systems that create a paper trail and require audits of the 2020 election results.

Three Steps Governments Can Take to Guard Against Ransomware Attacks

A federal cybersecurity agency and state government associations issued guidance Monday on protecting city, county and state governments from the growing threat of a ransomware attack.

Watchdog Warns Census 'Short on Time' While Using Untested New Methods

The 2020 Census will for the first time allow respondents to answer surveys online, but the Census Bureau hasn’t been able to test to ensure all new innovative methods will function correctly when deployed, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The Ransomware Attack in Baltimore: A Failure of Organizational Resilience

COMMENTARY | Employing best practices and adhering to international standards can help organizations and governments weather cyber attacks and other disruptions.

Smart Cities Can Get Smarter in Protecting Residents

COMMENTARY | As cities and residents race to become more connected, we must consider how to protect public and private digital property.

The Cybersecurity Crisis Requires Getting Serious About Diversity

It is not simply a numbers game: diversity is a proven “differentiator” that research shows makes organizations better.

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Federal Lawmakers Want to Fund Cyber Upgrades for State and Local Governments

A bill introduced Monday would create a grant program for cash-strapped states that want to bolster their digital defenses.

How Las Vegas Stops Email-Borne Cyberattacks Pre-Delivery

“For most organizations email is a weakness, as much as we try and educate our user population,” said the city’s IT director.

Federal Cyber Chief Warns All Political Candidates 'Everybody's a Potential Target'

There’s no telling what races online adversaries might try to sway, says a Homeland Security official.

Port San Antonio’s Redevelopment Enters New Territory

The port authority is exploring a new public-private partnership to get the Texas metro area’s unique mix of industries, like cybersecurity and defense, collaborating more.

What Hackers Have in Store for 2019

COMMENTARY | From ransomware to crypto mining: state and local governments should expect “quieter” attacks.

The Next E-Scooter Headache: Hackers

A cybersecurity firm showed they could take control of an e-scooter someone was riding from up to 100 meters.

How to Grow the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Talent

Much more can be done to help ensure a safe cyber future for all.

Is State and Local Cybersecurity Maturing Fast Enough?

Failure to use artificial intelligence to manage cyber programs and lack of cyber insurance remain weak points for governments.

Why Vermont Digital Services Kept Employees Embedded in Agencies

The agency is eying an April launch of its security operations center.