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Jule Pattison-Gordon

Staff Writer

Jule Pattison-Gordon is a staff writer for Government Technology. She previously wrote for PYMNTS and The Bay State Banner, and holds a B.A. in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon. She’s based outside Boston.

Improving national cybersecurity means requiring organizations to report incidents — and giving these requirements enforcement teeth, said CISA Director Jen Easterly and National Cyber Director Chris Inglis.
Speakers at an Open Technology Institute event said government needs to establish clear procedures for vetting high-risk AI systems for bias and discriminatory impacts plus attach enforcement policies to drive change.
The First State has identified 11,600 homes lacking wired broadband service, and CIO Jason Clarke says fresh federal funds will enable the last-mile connections needed to reach everyone.
CISA Cybersecurity Advisor Domingo Rivera said organizations preparing against ransomware should adopt strong practices for maintaining backups and decide ahead of time everything from who to contact to whether to pay.
Improving national security and filling unmet cybersecurity demand requires organizations to go beyond the strategies that have produced a largely white and male workforce, panelists and Aspen Institute researchers said.
A newly formed joint committee is looking for innovative — and effective — ways to crack down on ransomware payments, bolster localities’ cybersecurity defenses and meet widening gaps in the workforce.
Former Seattle CTO Saad Bashir looks back at his years serving the city and challenges ahead for the next CTO. Pushing agencies to embrace a collaborative, cross-government view of IT may loom large on the agenda.
New state CIO Shawnzia Thomas is focusing on expanding broadband, pushing cybersecurity best practices and taking an employee’s-eye view to technology adoptions in her first few months on the job.
Criminals will keep using ransomware as long as its profitable, but outright banning all payments could be deeply painful for critical sectors and small businesses. The road ahead is full of policy hurdles.
Attendees at the inaugural meeting discussed the struggles they face in hiring, training and keeping cybersecurity talent, as well as the need to give private firms more useful threat intelligence.
Staff at various Louisiana government agencies are returning to the office, but their perspective and toolset have changed. They’ve learned new communication tech and experienced a different kind of work-life balance.
Preparing against ransomware means getting response plans and contracts in place early, drilling, making — and monitoring — critical backups and, of course, convincing leadership to fund it all, experts say.
State and local officials are giving residents the ability to map and submit redistricting proposals online, to better gather feedback and provide the sort of transparency that could reduce gerrymandering fears.
A Dallas Police employee accidentally deleted 22 TBs of case files when trying to migrate data between servers. Officials say they’re now working to recover what they can and prevent future issues.
Co-chairs Tom Kealey and Zach Tudor explain how the Idaho Cybersecurity Task Force will gather a holistic view of the state’s cybersecurity resources and needs to inform its recommendations to the governor in early 2022.
CSC officials said the U.S. has, is close to, or is on track to implement 75 percent of the recommendations it published in March 2020 for protecting the nation from significant cyber attacks.
The proposed legislation would examine technology- and policy-based approaches to detecting and combating maliciously deployed deepfakes. This marks yet another attempt to legislate the controversial technology.
The council has been evolving since its launch via executive order in 2016, and a new law ensures the entity sticks around long-term. CIO Denis Goulet explains how the council vets policy ideas and engages with agencies.
Gov. Larry Hogan established the roles of state chief data officer and state chief privacy officer to improve data sharing, governance and insights while protecting residents' and organizations’ sensitive information.
During a Congressional hearing about the cybersecurity posture of the nation’s electric systems, federal officials shared practices that they believe are essential to preserving electricity across the states.
The five members of the new Vermont Community Broadband Board will funnel resources to local communications union districts, amplifying their efforts to extend reliable Internet to the farthest reaches of the state.
Criminal ransomware attacks launched from Russia have shaken the U.S. but are not particularly valuable to Putin, experts say. The right political pressure could reduce this kind of cyber crime.
Water may be among the least cyber-defended critical infrastructure sectors. Keeping it safe may include channeling more funds and training to tiny agencies and establishing voluntary guidelines.
Loter is temporarily replacing Saad Bashir until the next mayor appoints a permanent CTO. While in the role, Loter plans to focus on supporting a hybrid workforce, employee soft skill training and equity.
Law enforcement uses facial recognition systems with little oversight and, at times, disastrous impact. During a congressional hearing this week, members and experts talked through how new laws could head off greater harm.
Rampant cyber attacks have brought about a rising demand for cyber insurance, yet increased costs and narrower eligibility rules for coverage present a hurdle for organizations. Should government get involved?
The National Cyber Scholarship Foundation is aggressively expanding its CyberStart game intiatives to entice undiscovered talent toward cybersecurity positions and address top-tier skill gaps.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology broke with tradition to define critical software based on what it does, not how it’s used by agencies. The vendor community should take notes.
A U.S. House hearing last week heard testimony from experts who underlined the disconnect between federal, state and local IT as well as how leadership can stall efforts to improve digital user experience and cybersecurity.
The Big Easy isn’t the only city using chatbots to bridge equity gaps and provide more residents with the answers they seek on a 24/7 basis. Smarter chatbots are finding their places in public service.