New App Tracks Terrorism-linked Events in Local Communities

Once the app is rolled out to first responders in states and localities, law enforcement in other parts of the country can see events in real-time, according to government officials.

Free Cybersecurity Tools Available to State and Local Governments

Many governments are eligible for no-cost cybersecurity solutions. All they need to do is ask, experts say.

Treasury Considers State and Local Grants to Implement Digital ID Systems

The effort to stimulate widespread use of digital identification is aligned with a White House order on cybersecurity and could help defend against ransomware attacks, officials said.

Taking Control of Ransomware With a Zero-Trust Strategy

COMMENTARY | Antivirus, sandboxing and similar detection techniques can’t keep up. It’s time for governments and agencies to transform their approach to thwarting malware.

Small Cities Worry Cybersecurity Money Won't Reach Them

Ransomware attacks have wreaked havoc on state and local governments. There are new federal cybersecurity grants to help but small places may lack the staff resources to get them.

Top Public Sector Cybersecurity Threat No Longer is Employees

Hackers pose the greatest cyber risks for states and localities, followed by careless workers and foreign governments, according to an annual IT report.

Feds Step Up Cybersecurity Support for State Governments

Forty-two advisers have been appointed or are in the process, with eight states still needing federal-level coordinators.

Cyber Vulnerabilities Could Impact Municipal Finance

Municipal bond credit analysts consider governments unprepared for cyberattacks, a recent survey says.

States and Localities Seek Unified Front Against Ransomware Threats

Ransomware attacks can cause serious headaches for governments and their residents. Can greater collaboration between jurisdictions help prevent the cybersecurity breaches?

5G in Government: Not There Yet, But Getting Closer

There are several areas where 5G capabilities can improve, including bandwidth potential, for governments.

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.

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