Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed

Culture

Baltimore worker stole funds during cyberattack, city watchdog says

by • 4 weeks ago

A city sanitation worker embezzled as much as $455 by shredding tickets that had to be handwritten when a ransomware attack disabled electronic payments.

Training

State IT workers should adopt 'consultant' mindset, Tennessee CIO says

by • 3 months ago

Stephanie Dedmon told NASCIO's 2019 conference that her staff needs to focus on customer needs, not just the tech.

Training

Texas starts mandatory cybersecurity training for government employees

by • 4 months ago

A new law requires nearly all state and local employees across the Lone Star State to undergo annual cybersecurity education.

Training

'Bootcamp' program aims to boost New York City's cybersecurity workforce

by • 7 months ago

Twenty-four students were recently awarded full scholarships to a 17-week cybersecurity training program as part of the city's Cyber NYC initiative.

Tech

DHS needs help peeking into state and local networks, cybersecurity official says

by • 8 months ago

A top federal cybersecurity official said Wednesday the Department of Homeland Security often lacks a clear picture of state and local governments’ network security, even as foreign adversaries increase their attempts to disrupt all levels of the public sector. And while federal agencies are getting better at working with state and local authorities, they face an ongoing challenge of staying…

Culture

Why state governments struggle to hire women in cybersecurity roles

by • 8 months ago

Women account for less than one-quarter of the cybersecurity workforce overall, and in government the gap is often even wider. Maria Thompson, the chief risk officer for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, shared at a conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday her theory of why this continues to be the case. “If you wake up in the…

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