Cybersecurity

White House Holiday Warning Identifies Options for Reporting Ransomware

The FBI has a prominent portal for governments and entities to report cybersecurity incidents, but Congress is considering legislation that officials fear could change the dynamic.

Cyber Insurance for Local Governments Costs More, Covers Less

More governments have cyber incident coverage than ever before, but the escalated risk of ransomware and cyberattacks means higher premiums, rising deductibles and greater scrutiny of security protocols.

How to Identify Phishing Emails and Foil Attacks

COMMENTARY | A cybersecurity researcher explains what to do to protect your organization.

States With the Most and Least Cybercrime

Alaska has the highest amount of cyber fraud per person every year while West Virginia has the least, according to a recent report.

Most Local Governments Provide Cyber Awareness Training. Why Do 25% Let Elected Leaders Opt Out?

A new survey from the CompTIA Public Technology Institute highlights cybersecurity concerns among municipal IT professionals, including remote work and rising insurance premiums.

Natural Disasters Can Set the Stage for Cyberattacks

Indiana and some other state and local governments are trying to prepare by holding drills or creating preparedness plans.

Half of Public Sector IT Pros Not ‘Fully Confident’ in Cyberattack Response

Most public sector IT professionals believe a lack of expertise and resources are hindering cyber posture as well.

National Cyber Director: Liability Should Be Part of the Equation for Public-Private Collaboration

Cyber leaders’ plan to emphasize collective defense over offense hinges on industry’s willingness to share information with government in real time.

Biden Signs School Cybersecurity Bill

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will study the cyber risks facing elementary and secondary schools and develop recommendations to assist schools in facing those challenges.

A Practical Case for Prioritizing Utility Cybersecurity

COMMENTARY | Utility leaders are behind the curve in cybersecurity policies and practice that will protect states and localities. It’s time for that to change.

Congress Weighs Cyberattack Reporting Legislation

Proposals under consideration would require the owners and operators of critical infrastructure, potentially including state and local governments, to report cybersecurity incidents to a federal agency.

To Pay or Not to Pay? What Citizens Think Governments Should Do When Responding to Ransomware Attacks

COMMENTARY | Although some local governments have paid ransoms when under cyberattack, residents oppose this approach.

How State and Local Agencies Can Better Protect Mobile Devices from Hackers

COMMENTARY | Devices like smartphones and tablets can present extra cybersecurity risks, a significant concern as more public employees work remotely.

Report: Hackers Shift from Malware to Less Detectable Credential Hijacking

A cybersecurity firm tracked record levels of cyber intrusion activity over the past year, with attacks coming three times faster.

Tech Officials Urge States to Go Further Embracing Analytics

State CIOs are discovering new analytics applications for putting citizens first and improving outcomes, according to a new government association report.

5 Steps to Protecting Government Data Repositories in the Cloud

COMMENTARY | From ransomware to exfiltration, cybersecurity attacks are targeting sensitive government data. Here’s a reliable approach to protecting mission-critical information.

Fleecing the States: Fraud in State-Administered Pandemic Programs

COMMENTARY | Since the pandemic began, billions of dollars have been stolen from state unemployment benefit systems—systems that weren’t designed to identify or stop this type of cybercrime. 

White House Effort to Focus on Advancing Cybersecurity Talent

Commitments are also expected from the public and private sectors for improving the security of foundational technology.

Cybercriminals Strike Another Hospital System

Hackers struck Memorial Health System, which operates facilities in Ohio and West Virginia.