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October 2020

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In the Shift to Telework, Can We Secure the Virtual Office?

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive move to telework for government workers and opened up new avenues for hackers to infiltrate systems — and it’s a situation that’s lasting longer than anyone expected.

Security in Profile: The Leaders Keeping Government Safe

Five state and local chief information security officers reveal how they came to government IT work, the essential traits of an effective CISO and what they’re doing to shore up cyberdefenses in unprecedented times.

Departments

Securing New Jersey’s Courts as Justice Moves Online

Sajed Naseem, CISO of the New Jersey court system, discusses how going remote impacted state courts, what COVID has taught him about cyber and what equity issues might arise in virtual justice proceedings.

Reducing Cyber-risks in As-a-Service IT Agreements

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.

What Does Effective Cyber Social Messaging Look Like?

Government IT shops are increasingly embracing their roles as cybersecurity leaders. But what does it take to be good at cybersecurity on social media? Minnesota IT Services’ approach is one good example.

Amid COVID-19, Digital Counties Are Crucial (Infographic)

A visual look at how 57 of the country’s most digital counties are using technology not only to make services available during the fight against the coronavirus, but to drive government ahead beyond the crisis.

Cybersecurity Strategy by the Numbers (Infographic)

Facts and figures from a recent survey of more than 500 state and local government leaders reveal where the public sector stands on key issues like cybersecurity funding, standardization and training.

Point of View

Cyberthreats Collide in Runup to November Election

As the presidential election nears this November, online threats from ballot interference to largescale ransomware attacks threaten all levels of government, and the stakes have never been higher.

News

Selfies for Safety? Moped-Share Company Revel’s Approach

Plus, startups use machine learning to reduce the massive amount of waste in U.S. grocery stores, an app raises funds to identify users’ personal risks in emergencies and LG launches an air-purifying face mask.

Columns

Leaning on Partnerships Shores Up City Cybersecurity

Local government IT teams often don’t have the resources close at hand to ensure their systems are ready to stand up to new threats, but can take advantage of state and federal resources to boost their cyberposture.

No-Contact Government Means More than Just Online Services

From enabling digital paper forms and mobile payments to implementing facial recognition and delivery drones, touchless government services are the way forward in continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Should Government IT Be Hiring Hackers — and Pirates?

When filling out cybersecurity teams, character, passion and diversity top experience, and hiring a technologist who thinks outside the box could be a better move than opting for a government security veteran.

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