Baltimore ransomware attack was early attempt at data extortion, new report shows
A May 2019 attempt to pressure city leaders was unsuccessful, but it was a preview a change in ransomware tactics, according to new research from CrowdStrike.
How Maryland used GIS to build its COVID-19 response website
Julia Fischer, Maryland’s geographic information officer, said many agencies didn't know how powerful GIS could be when the state began building its informational portal in March.
Government can avoid the ransomware question with strong cyber policy
Whether or not to pay is a standing question facing ransomware victims, but the National Guard's Corye Douglas says the scenario can be avoided altogether with smart policy.
Backups are a crucial ransomware defense, but restoration is just as important
Speakers during a webinar said that while offline backups are as essential as ever, governments should use technology that makes restoration quicker.
Maryland wants to perfect 'classic' contact tracing before launching apps
The state's 1,400 contact tracers will use a combination of cloud platforms, text alerts and old-fashioned phone calls to track the spread of COVID-19.
Ohio legislature moves to expand cybercrime enforcement
The legislation would greatly expand the definition of what constitutes a cybercrime and allow prosecution of unsuccessful hacking attempts.
State and local Democratic officials launch coronavirus policy tracker
More than 180 mayors, county commissioners and state legislators, in a group called the NewDEAL, are sharing ideas and policies in a new database.
For a more secure Next-Gen 911, look at network demands
A new report looks at reasons why public officials should evaluate their future network demands before rolling out Next-Gen 911 upgrades.
Study: Governments struggle against more frequent and sophisticated ransomware
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
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.