Amid coronavirus scare, ransomware targets public health agency in Illinois
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has retreated to social media to update its public about the ongoing pandemic after an attack with a new variety of ransomware.
Study: Governments struggle against more frequent and sophisticated ransomware
A new report by the consulting firm Deloitte finds that state and local governments continue to lack the resources and workforces to defend against ransomware.
Counties need cyber disaster plans, too
Two former CIOs stressed emergency planning and collaboration that starts in the executive office to county-government leaders worried about cyberattacks.
Ransomware awareness is up, yet cyber budgets stay flat, poll finds
An IBM Security survey found 73 percent of state and local government workers are concerned about ransomware, but many say their budgets and training remain inadequate.
'Hygiene is core to everything' on ransomware, San Jose CIO says
San Jose CIO Rob Lloyd told a San Francisco CyberTalks audience that as ransomware attacks have matured, how governments defend against and respond to them have had to as well.
State agencies urged to move beyond login credentials to counter cyber risks
Agencies that still rely on user IDs and passwords alone are most at risk to cyberthreats and should move to stronger identity and authentication technology, says new report.
Baltimore promotes interim CIO to full-time role
Todd Carter, who started as deputy CIO the same day as a crippling ransomware attack, will take over Baltimore's IT agency, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said.
Ransomware defense starts with smarter backup and recovery plans
State IT leaders can reduce the cost and disruption of ransomware threats by proactively safeguarding data before it’s attacked, report says.
What's next for state and local government IT in 2020?
StateScoop and NASCIO look ahead to the issues expected to affect CIOs most in 2020, from election security to robotic process automation.