Tags Risk Management

Personnel is toughest part of starting risk-based cybersecurity programs, agencies say

by Dave Nyczepir

GAO found 16 agencies lack a cybersecurity risk management strategy. Leaders say the biggest hurdle is finding the right people.

Connecticut calls its new Cybersecurity Action Plan a 'call to arms'

by Colin Wood

A document published this week by Connecticut officials represents one of the strongest cybersecurity plans undertaken by any state. The 41-page document, called simply the Cybersecurity Action Plan, highlights a need for increased security, more cross-sector collaboration, and heightened academic focus to help fill a cybersecurity workforce gap. The plan builds on a cybersecurity strategy proposal last year that called for Connecticut to implement dozens of new programs and policies affecting government offices, law enforcement, higher education and local businesses.…

How to strengthen security seamlessly with cloud

by WorkScoop Staff

State and local government agencies are turning to cloud to streamline and strengthen their organizations' cybersecurity efforts.

Smart patching for smarter security

by StateScoop Staff

To avoid the kinds of cyberattacks that create headaches and headlines, government organizations need to update devices, servers and other assets as soon as possible after a patch is released. Yet patching quickly and correctly across all assets can be complicated, time consuming and prone to errors. Automated patching can address this issue, helping state and local governments improve their security posture and reduce the risks of exposing citizen data,…

Local government agencies remain concerned about lack of cyber awareness

by Public Technology Institute

Local government agencies across the country are concerned about cybersecurity awareness. In a “Quick Poll” of local government IT officials, the Public Technology Institute found that “lack of awareness by end users/government employees” ranked as the No. 1 concern when it comes to cybersecurity. That top concern was followed closely by a need for financial resources to help address cybersecurity challenges. The poll was conducted in September 2017 as part…

Statewide approach to cybersecurity monitoring in California brings better visibility, faster threat detection

by Jason Shueh

An upgrade is coming for the cybersecurity operation in the state that spends the most money on technology annually. In July, California officially launched its Security Operations Center — a 24-hour-a-day unit tasked with monitoring threats from the state’s dozens of departments, agencies and offices. While the center had been in the works for the past several months, the SOC is now entering its second of four phases of growth, Chief Information Security Officer Peter Liebert…