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Are ransomware attacks really on the downswing? It’s complicated

On this week’s episode of the Priorities podcast, Recorded Future intelligence analyst Allan Liska tells StateScoop Managing Editor Benjamin Freed that while ransomware attacks appear to be happening less than last year, there’s still plenty of reason for public sector leaders to stay on guard.

Liska’s data was a key part of a report earlier this year from the Ransomware Task Force, which found that there had been 64 documented attacks on local governments, schools and hospitals through May 2022, compared with nearly 150 over the same period a year prior.

The attacks, though fewer in number, continue to be costly and devastating to operations.

In the news this week:

Georgia CTO Steve Nichols is leaving state government after 20 years. Nichols, who joined the Georgia Technology Authority in 2002, is joining the consulting firm Gartner and focusing on their state and local practice.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is releasing a guide to digital threats facing state and local election officials. The guide aims to help election administrators and their staffs protect themselves against threats including phishing, ransomware, email scams, DDoS attacks and more.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is creating a new statewide broadband office to help the state coordinate and accept funding from the federal government. The new office will help residents in rural regions afford the premiums they’re charged for reliable internet service.

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.