Ransomware hits everywhere, but governments pay 10 times more

by Benjamin Freed • 21 hours ago

Between April and June, the average payment from government victims was $338,700, compared to $36,295 for all victims, according to cybersecurity firm Coveware.

BlueKeep vulnerability a 'bleak' situation for local governments, Tenable CTO says

by Benjamin Freed • 6 days ago

Local governments still running outdated versions of Microsoft Windows need to start installing patches regularly, says Tenable's Renaud Deraison.

Mayors pass resolution against paying ransomware ransoms

by Colin Wood • 7 days ago

The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution uniting its membership against paying ransoms to cyberattackers. But will it help?

Ransomware solution? Outsource all IT, says local government expert

by Colin Wood • 2 weeks ago

The head of the Public Technology Institute says it's time for small and midsize local governments to admit they're outmatched.

House panel floats new cybersecurity grants for state, local governments

by Benjamin Freed • 3 weeks ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and others told the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee that state and local governments need help preparing for cyberattacks.

Florida city pays hackers $600,000 after ransomware attack

by Benjamin Freed • 4 weeks ago

The malware that hit Riviera Beach has not been identified, but a cybersecurity researcher tells StateScoop the attack resembles incidents involving the Ryuk virus.

Maryland governor reorganizes state's cybersecurity policy

by Benjamin Freed • 4 weeks ago

Gov. Larry Hogan used an executive order to codify the state's chief information security officer role and create a new statewide cybersecurity agency.

How Maryland is using the cloud to rebuild its public services

by Benjamin Freed • 4 weeks ago

The state is about halfway through building a cloud-based platform to support government agencies working with children, adults with disabilities and low-income residents.

DHS needs help peeking into state and local networks, cybersecurity official says

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

Rick Driggers, the deputy assistant director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said more information-sharing agreements are needed.

Baltimore anticipates 90 percent recovery from ransomware by week's end

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

Baltimore officials say the city is steadily recovering from the May 7 cyberattack by the RobbinHood virus, sticking to an estimate of $18 million in damages.