county & local news
Salary constraints, lack of qualified applicants top local government IT workforce woes
Ninety-two percent of local governments said in a recent survey they struggle to find IT staff with the necessary skills.
Georgia county paid $400K to ransomware hackers
The county was hit by the Ryuk virus, one of the most costly varieties of ransomware.
Officials worry next-generation 911 could expose operators to gory images
Some in emergency call centers say they're concerned with how the the introduction of photos and videos to 911 calls could affect their mental well-being.
Rural Jackson County, Ga., recovering from ransomware attack
The attack knocked out all county email services and forced the sheriff's department to revert to recording arrests and jail bookings on paper.
How dark fiber can support flexible networks for local government
At a National Association of Counties conference, IT leaders shared the benefits and challenges of municipally owned fiberoptic networks.
Small counties serious about cybersecurity should meet their state CIOs
Speakers at a county leaders conference also urged IT officials to find people in their own organizations who are equally serious about cybersecurity.
Browser extension's creators say it'll boost civic engagement via social media
The new tool's developers hope to take Facebook and Twitter back from bots and political meddlers.
Local governments reduce IT costs with enterprise cloud solutions
Legacy infrastructure is a strain on resources and staff hours, but enterprise cloud can reduce costs and improve performance, according to a new report.
California Deputy CIO Chris Cruz to resign
Cruz, who has worked for the state in several IT roles since 2004, will now become the CIO of San Joaquin County.
Fredericksburg first to join Virginia's 'smart communities' network
Looking to ply data analytics against urban blight, the city is the first in what the state hopes will grow into a network of technological expertise.