Engaging community is key for smart-city development, officials say
Speakers at a smart-cities conference outside Washington said their programs are only worthwhile if residents understand the new technologies being deployed in their communities.
Baltimore CIO, scrutinized for ransomware response, no longer with city
Frank Johnson, who had been on unpaid leave since September, was let go permanently about five months after a costly ransomware attack.
Before cyberattack, Baltimore saved data only on local hard drives
A routine audit of Baltimore's IT agency was undermined because key performance data that had been saved without external backups was corrupted in a May 7 cyberattack.
Baltimore CIO, criticized for ransomware response, on leave
Frank Johnson, who has been criticized for his response to a May 7 ransomware attack, has stepped back from his duties.
Baltimore approves $10 million for ransomware recovery
The Baltimore City Council's budget committee approved $10 million, of which half has already been spent, to cover the costs of a May ransomware attack.
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?
Baltimore anticipates 90 percent recovery from ransomware by week's end
Baltimore officials say the city is steadily recovering from the May 7 cyberattack by the RobbinHood virus, sticking to an estimate of $18 million in damages.
Rise in natural disasters should push more local governments toward cloud computing, expert says
As natural disasters increase in frequency and intensity, moving data to the cloud can be a saving grace for local governments that face climate-based emergencies.
Report: Risk assessment called Baltimore 'natural target' for cyberattack
Meanwhile, a city budget official said the cost of a May 7 ransomware attack could reach $18.2 million in emergency spending and lost productivity.