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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.