State and local governments plead again as federal pandemic relief stalls

"Tough decisions are going to be made" if Congress doesn't provide a big rescue package, one county leader said.

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Voter registration 'a huge target' for ransomware

by • 24 hours ago

The legacy database systems and remote access protocols many election administrators use are frequent entry points for attacks, Recorded Future's Allan Liska said.

Virginia launches first statewide contact tracing app using Apple-Google platform

by • 2 days ago

The Covidwise app, which runs on the tech giants' Bluetooth-based API, is being made available to all Virginia residents, Gov. Ralph Northam said.

Disinformation is biggest threat to election security, experts tell Congress

by • 3 days ago

But election officials have "vastly improved" their cyberdefenses with IT investments since 2016, the head of the Center for Information Security said.

North Carolina Gov. Cooper names acting CIO

by • 3 days ago

Deputy Chief Information Officer Thomas Parrish IV takes over the state's technology agency after former CIO Tracy Doaks stepped down last month.

Alabama launches contact tracing app based on Google-Apple API

by • 4 days ago

The app will be targeted at students returning to the state's college campuses. Meanwhile Google says as many as 20 states are developing apps based on the API.

Annual election security tabletop drill put officials through 'Armageddon-like' test

by • 1 week ago

About 2,100 federal, state, local and private-sector officials joined the three-day exercise, which simulated attacks against election-related IT and civil unrest related to the pandemic.

Tennessee to test cybersecurity of its next-generation 911 systems

by • 1 week ago

One of the states furthest along in adopting an IP-based 911 system has hired a company to point out the weak points in its 142 emergency call centers.

California Gov. Newsom unveils unemployment-tech 'strike team'

by • 1 week ago

The new team includes Code For America Founder Jennifer Pahlka, who will help streamline an outdated process that has resulted in what Gov. Gavin Newsom called an "unacceptable" claims backlog.

What's in the Senate's relief bill for state and local tech? Nothing, yet

by • 1 week ago

The Senate's latest pandemic relief proposal contains no assistance for states and cities, though officials are hoping that changes in negotiations.

New York says pandemic-tech 'SWAT teams' saved it $14M

by • 1 week ago

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 7,300 tech-industry workers who volunteered to help the state address its pandemic-induced IT needs have completed about 40 projects.