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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.