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.
'Hygiene is core to everything' on ransomware, San Jose CIO says
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A city sanitation worker embezzled as much as $455 by shredding tickets that had to be handwritten when a ransomware attack disabled electronic payments.
How Texas responded to a massive ransomware attack in ‘record time'
It was through years of preparation and policymaking, Texas CIO Todd Kimbriel tells StateScoop.