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It's only a matter of time

Despite the progress they've made on getting their organizations to adopt better cyber hygiene, the government cybersecurity community is increasingly resigned to the fact that ransomware is an inevitability. “It’s not a matter of if but when you’re hit with ransomware,” Kevin Young, vice president for public sector at the data-management firm Veritas, said during a CyberTalks panel Friday. In New Jersey alone, state CISO Michael Geraghty said he's seen at least 40 attacks against public- and private-sector attacks this year. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Clark County housing goes digital

To provide rapid housing assistance to residents during the coronavirus pandemic, Clark County, Nevada, implemented an IBM citizen-engagement platform that removed the need for in-person interactions, a county official told StateScoop on Friday. Tim Burch, the county’s human services administrator, said the county, which contains Las Vegas and its suburbs, is being used to distribute $50 million in CARES Act funding. Ryan Johnston has details.

CISOs push for state-local partnerships

Collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries is critical for hardening the cybersecurity defenses of state and local governments, two state's top IT security officials said on the latest episode of StateScoop’s Priorities podcast. “Cybersecurity, as we all know, in many of our local governments on down may not have the same capabilities or the same available resources to them as folks at the state level, and I think one of the things we’ve focused highly on is relationship building and branching out,” says Pennsylvania CISO Erik Avakian. Listen to the podcast.

Ransomware slows, but doesn't stop vote-counting

A recent ransomware attack against Hall County, Georgia, disrupted multiple government systems, including a database used by election administrators to verify signatures on absentee ballots. While IT and election officials have dreaded the possibility of ransomware affecting election IT, the county has continued to process ballots using a statewide signature database and paper records. Ben has more.

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