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Lucas Ropek

Staff Writer

Lucas Ropek is a former staff writer for Government Technology.

An alleged hack of federal agencies by Russian operators could precipitate more widespread concern for supply chain cybersecurity — a silver lining to a scandal that continues to get bigger, uglier and more complicated.
On Monday, a panel of cybersecurity experts discussed whether the lessons of election administration from 2020 would "stick" or whether partisan woes would see a backlash against effective methods.
Bad news for educators: Even as public schools have been hammered with cyberattacks amidst the pandemic, data shows this trend is likely to continue — or even escalate — throughout the coming academic year.
A confluence of social and political pressures is making a comprehensive federal privacy law seem inevitable. The incoming Biden administration could help ensure legislation heads in the right direction.
As a conversation around federal funding for the cybersecurity needs of state and local governments continues, a congressional hearing last week gave tech officials a chance to plead their case.
The current Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, announced this week that he would be stepping down in January. His departure raises questions about the future of Internet regulation.
Before COVID-19 swept the globe, experts were already predicting a disastrous year in cybersecurity. The pandemic offered hackers new attack vectors and proved governments must always be ready for the unexpected.
The incoming administration could mean significant changes for technology, especially where federal cybersecurity is concerned. The increased attention will no doubt mean big changes for state and local governments as well.
As the city’s IT chief, Brantley spent the last two years working to bring the city back to normal after a debilitating ransomware attack knocked systems offline. Chief Technology Officer Tye Hayes will serve as interim CIO.
During a tech-focused talk with the National League of Cities Friday, President-elect Joe Biden promised to be supportive of urban leaders once in office, echoing a general friendliness toward local government thus far.
Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was removed from his position after disputing President Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Despite fears of some sort of cybersecurity apocalypse during this year's presidential election, federal officials say 2020 had no meaningful interference by foreign adversaries. Other issues, however, have held fast.
Jones, who has been with the state of Arkansas since 2014, will be headed to the private sector. A replacement for the chief technology officer and Division of Information Technology director has not yet been named.
Despite concerns about foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election, officials with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency say they were able to keep cyberthreats at arm's length on Election Day.
Colorado's new CIO, Anthony Neal-Graves, has worked extensively on expanding the state's broadband reach and says he wants to prioritize IT delivery, cybersecurity and expanded virtual access to services.
Due to financial constraints, a handful of states are still using paperless voting machines, considered by cybersecurity professionals to be the most insecure and most vulnerable to hacking.
Federal agencies are warning that — amidst an uptick in COVID-19 cases — the public health sector is being aggressively targeted by hacker groups. Some two dozen hospitals have already been affected.
With the U.S. presidential race entering its final sprint, a new analysis of conversations on dark web forums shows hackers discussing potential ways to be disruptive with disinformation and attacks on voting infrastructure.
With two prominent cyberattacks on U.S. election infrastructure in the last week, cybersecurity experts are urging Americans to remain calm, citing that panic is just what U.S. adversaries are after.
Brom Stibitz, who has worked in various roles in Michigan's state government since 2011, will now serve as both CIO and management and budget director, following in the footsteps of previous CIO David DeVries.
NASCIO has released its biennial study of state-level cybersecurity and while the pandemic has brought new threats, the report’s author says there has never been a better moment for CISOs to show their importance.
Federal agencies are warning that a recent wave of intrusion attempts by hackers are targeting state and local governments. Some of the attacks appear to have led to unauthorized access to election support systems.
Bracing for a potential swell in foreign interference, the Centennial State has brought on a new team of national security experts to monitor and mitigate potential threats against county election systems.
Since the pandemic began, attempted cyberattacks on state entities have been incessant, but North Dakota hopes to cut down on risk by spreading information about common threats to its entire population.
Unchecked surveillance concerns forced the state's public safety agency to re-evaluate how it uses biometric technology with a focus on a more transparent, audit-ready process, bolstered by implicit bias training.
Outsourcing government IT services to a number of smaller companies, rather than the monolithic contracts of the past, has become common practice, but ensuring all those contractors are secure is an ongoing challenge.
Indianapolis officials selected Elliott Patrick, an IT staffer with public- and private-sector experience, to replace former CIO Ken Clark. According to a local report, he's the city-county's first Black CIO.
A large campaign launched by a single hacking group has managed to infiltrate multiple agencies within the Washington state government, according to reports. Ransomware does not appear to be involved, officials say.
The adoption of a new statewide threat intelligence platform will enable Oklahoma's IT agency to better share information about bad actors with the other public entities throughout the state.
New investigative tools may help average law enforcement agencies more effectively track criminal activity made profitable through cryptocurrency. This includes ransomware schemes and other popular hacks.