Cyberattack Turns Up the Heat on Common Security Problems

The ransomware attack that crippled a New York county again demonstrated the need for investment, regular updates and an enterprisewide approach to security.

Governors' TikTok Bans Make Sense, Cybersecurity Experts Say

Republican governor after Republican governor has recently announced a TikTok ban for state employees. There are more than 100 million TikTok users in the U.S.

How States Can Fill the Tech Workforce Gap

A private sector tech slowdown could present a recruiting opportunity for governments, especially if they appeal to younger employees looking for meaningful and consequential work.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban TikTok in US

TikTok poses a national security threat, according to lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

Why Neighboring States and Localities Should Collaborate on Cybersecurity

COMMENTARY | With $1 billion in federal grants on the way, it's a prime moment for governments to look at new ways to partner on cyber issues, including by reaching across state lines.

Local Governments Make Common Cyber Mistakes, Auditor Finds

A Missouri state auditor identified key problem areas and solutions that local governments must address to protect against cyber threats.

A Governor Imposes a TikTok Ban for State Government

The move comes as the app faces increased scrutiny in the U.S. over its ties to the Chinese government.

Are We Building Cyber Vulnerability into EV Charging Infrastructure?

Amid a nationwide push to electrify transportation, observers said that cybersecurity doesn’t get appropriate attention.

How One State’s Phishing Training Evolves With Threats

Indiana regularly tests employees on various platforms and attachment formats, including prompts related to headline news and retests of scams that have proved difficult for workers to catch.

Almost Half of Phishing Attacks Target Government Employees, Research Says

Traditionally aimed at stealing credentials, phishing attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated.

Enough With the Weak Passwords, Already

The most common passwords on the dark web are those users have been repeatedly warned away from. Can training help?

Public Entities in Nearly Every State Use Federally-Banned Foreign Tech, Report Says

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology found that at least 1,681 state and local governments purchased equipment from five Chinese companies that were banned by the federal government between 2015 and 2021.

How One State Bolsters Its Employees’ Cyber Hygiene

Strengthening its weakest link has helped Arizona reduce its click rate on phishing emails from 14% to 4%, the state's chief information security officer says.

How Volunteers Can Support Government Cybersecurity

Michigan was the first state to launch a volunteer cyber corps about a decade ago. The trend is catching on.

$1B Cybersecurity Grant Program Still Coming Into Focus

The new federal initiative is in its early stages, with questions about how the money will be spent and how much control localities, versus states, will have over it.

How One State is Trying to Prevent a Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage

They’re moving ahead with a set of new programs and working closely with colleges and universities to get more people into a field where jobs can be tough to fill.

States Must Work Closer With Locals on Cyber Threats, Survey Finds

Stronger collaboration among the public, private and academic sectors can strengthen overall cybersecurity, according to a report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

Election Officials Have Been Largely Successful in Deterring Cyber Threats, CISA Official Says

The head of CISA’s National Risk Management Center pointed to public-private partnerships and enhanced resource sharing activities as key to defending against outside threats to voting systems.

Cybersecurity Grants Are Coming. Are You Ready?

COMMENTARY | Federal grants worth $1 billion could position state and local governments to harden their networks and protect themselves from cyber threats. Here’s what to keep in mind.

Collaboration, Training Key to Local Government Cyber Defense

By taking advantage of free resources, education and partnerships, local officials can better prepare their counties and cities for inevitable attacks, experts say.

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