For ransomware, feds need more rigorous comms, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office issued a reminder to the federal agencies that help states and localities respond to ransomware.

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K-12 cyber maturity improving, but still lags behind other sectors


A report from the Center for Internet Security found that K-12 schools are getting better at identity management, but still have a long way to go in improving their cyber postures.

Mississippi election websites hit by Election Day DDoS incident


Websites operated by the Mississippi secretary of state were offline for part of Election Day, though the outage did not affect voting.

Researchers see conspiracy theories forming around National Guard's election work


Disinformation researchers said National Guard cyber units' routine work in election security has caught the attention of conspiracy theorists.

Fourteen state National Guard cyber units activate ahead of election


National Guard cyber units in 14 states will be on duty Election Day protecting voting-related networks from malicious activity.

Washington state hires Los Angeles Times CISO as new cyber chief


Ralph Johnson, currently CISO for the company that owns the Los Angeles Times, has been named Washington's new statewide CISO.

Cyber threats in K-12 are 'here to stay'


Even without robust funding, there are still free and low-cost steps K-12 schools can take to improve their cyber defenses, speakers said at a CISA event.

How do IT officials get elected leaders to focus on cyber? Don't talk about technology.


When speaking with elected officials who want cybersecurity to be "solved," state and local IT leaders said they leave tech out of the conversation.

As workforce issues near 'crisis,' CIOs invoke call to serve public


The public-service mission is still one of the most effective ways to attract new IT and cyber talent to government, speakers said at the Michigan Cyber Summit.

Maryland to train 100 state workers in cybersecurity


"Everyone in IT has to be a cyber person," Maryland CISO Chip Stewart said of a program that will fund cyber training for 100 state workers.

State CIOs aren't confident in locals' cybersecurity, but it's not personal


At the Michigan Cyber Summit, a group of state CIOs discussed how they're getting more acquainted with their local governments.