Study: Governments struggle against more frequent and sophisticated ransomware

by Benjamin Freed • 3 weeks ago

A new report by the consulting firm Deloitte finds that state and local governments continue to lack the resources and workforces to defend against ransomware.

Ransomware awareness is up, yet cyber budgets stay flat, poll finds

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

An IBM Security survey found 73 percent of state and local government workers are concerned about ransomware, but many say their budgets and training remain inadequate.

'Hygiene is core to everything' on ransomware, San Jose CIO says

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

San Jose CIO Rob Lloyd told a San Francisco CyberTalks audience that as ransomware attacks have matured, how governments defend against and respond to them have had to as well.

Smart Cities Council launches sustainability-focused 2020 challenge

by Ryan Johnston • 1 month ago

Five cities will win a year’s worth of assistance and advising from a network of urban technology experts.

Baltimore promotes interim CIO to full-time role

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

Todd Carter, who started as deputy CIO the same day as a crippling ransomware attack, will take over Baltimore's IT agency, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said.

Ransomware defense starts with smarter backup and recovery plans

by StateScoop Staff • 2 months ago

State IT leaders can reduce the cost and disruption of ransomware threats by proactively safeguarding data before it’s attacked, report says.

Smart cities for president? Two ex-mayors could take the movement national

by Ryan Johnston • 2 months ago

Michael Bloomberg and Pete Buttigieg ran their cities as data-driven, analytics-focused technocrats. Could they do the same for the whole country?

Time to level up your 'smart city' tech, says Baltimore DevOps chief

by Ryan Johnston • 2 months ago

Most cities only have "Level 1" internet-of-things devices. It's time to start connecting them, says Baltimore director of digital DevOps Jet Lu.

Interest in cybersecurity needs to start at top, new research argues

by Benjamin Freed • 3 months ago

Local governments' cybersecurity shortcomings can be attributed to elected officials and other top leaders not taking an active interest in protecting networks and data, according to an upcoming journal article.

Baltimore worker stole funds during cyberattack, city watchdog says

by Benjamin Freed • 3 months ago

A city sanitation worker embezzled as much as $455 by shredding tickets that had to be handwritten when a ransomware attack disabled electronic payments.