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Mayors pass resolution against paying ransomware ransoms
The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution uniting its membership against paying ransoms to cyberattackers. But will it help?
Email scammers bilk Griffin, Georgia, for $800K
The city received instructions by email to change banking details for a service bill, but didn't suspect anything until hearing from the real vendor five days later.
Ransomware solution? Outsource all IT, says local government expert
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
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.
Los Angeles city controller updates online property map to boost housing, economy
Los Angeles isn't making the most of its nearly 14,000 government-owned properties. City Controller Ron Galperin wants to do something about it.
Introducing StateScoop's inaugural LocalSmart Awards
The new awards program from StateScoop will highlight visionary leaders and important technology projects in local governments across the country.
911 call centers get a map to look up other call centers
It's a visual upgrade to a decades-old database that also comes with hooks for modern applications to share data that helps smooth emergency response.
FCC will make broadband maps 'more granular and more accurate'
Chairman Ajit Pai said the FCC will issue an order in August that instates new requirements for data collection and that it will consider new data sources.
FCC authorizes $166.8 million for rural broadband
The latest wave of funding under the commission's $1.49 billion Connect America Fund auction is expected to reach 60,850 underserved homes and businesses.
DHS needs help peeking into state and local networks, cybersecurity official says
Rick Driggers, the deputy assistant director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said more information-sharing agreements are needed.