The virtual guarantee of foreign meddling in the 2020 election poses a challenge to state and local officials, IT staff included, to protect American democracy. Experts say the keys to success will be cybersecurity, paper trails, risk-limiting audits and inter-agency communication.
In light of concrete evidence that there was indeed foreign interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, it falls to the states and localities to keep American democratic processes secure.
After an attack, some governments are deciding to pay the ransom to restore their data and get systems and services back online. But insurers can also help negotiate a different path forward.
Patch management is a cornerstone to information security in today's highly digitized environment. So, why is it still such a vulnerability, and how are some IT organizations approaching the issue systematically?
Part of the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity Assessments program offers its services to any public or private organization that requests them, and could be a boon to smaller governments in particular.
As technologies like the Internet of Things, virtual reality and augmented reality mature, city planners can build virtual replicas of urban infrastructure to better respond to local energy and environmental changes.