What Will We Learn from the Iowa Caucus App Fiasco?

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Sometimes, it takes an unexpected headline story with perceived crisis-level impacts to get the world’s collective attention and action on an important matter. This point has been made (and repeated) many times by well-known people in various ways and circumstances across different generations. Remember the line: “A crisis is a ... Read More

What Will We Learn From The Iowa Caucus App?

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Sometimes, it takes an unexpected headline story with perceived crisis-level impacts to get the world’s collective attention and action on an important matter. This point has been made (and repeated) many times by well-known people in various ways and circumstances across different generations. Remember the line: “A crisis is a ... Read More

Coronavirus Scams: Phishing, Fake Alerts and Cyberthreats

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Wherever you turn for news coverage online, coronavirus alarm bells are ringing louder. But users should not trust all of those bells, as fake news, phishing scams and even malicious malware is actively being distributed under the coronavirus umbrella.    Sadly, a perfect storm may be brewing. As government officials ... Read More

Coronavirus Scams: Prepare for Phishing Emails, Fake Alerts and Cyberthreats

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Wherever you turn for news coverage online, coronavirus alarm bells are ringing louder. But users should not trust all of those bells, as fake news, phishing scams and even malicious malware is actively being distributed under the coronavirus umbrella.    Sadly, a perfect storm may be brewing. As government officials ... Read More

Most Popular Cybersecurity Blog Posts from 2019

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2019 was quite a year in cyberspace. As highlighted last month in my year-end top story blog, the top cybersecurity theme was all about the ways that ransomware targeted state and local governments and hospitals. In fact, we are still learning about some 2019 government ransomware impacts, like this story ... Read More

Ohio Chief Information Officer Shares 2020 IT Strategies

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When Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was elected as the 70th governor of Ohio in November 2018, he appointed Ervan Rodgers II as the state’s chief information officer (CIO). Rodgers, who served as CIO at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for more than four years under DeWine, began his state ... Read More

State and Local Governments Face Iranian Hacking Threats

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On the first Monday of 2020, CNBC reported that “city governments, agencies and companies from coast to coast are on high alert for ramped up cyber activity possibly emanating from Iran. …” And that was just the start of a week full of dramatic announcements related to international relations and ... Read More

Tech Lessons from Star Wars Movies

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My family recently saw “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in a local movie theater, and we were not disappointed. The characters, action, plot, and almost everything else we experienced, met or exceeded our high expectations. As we were leaving the theater, almost everyone had an opinion about the way ... Read More

Tech Lessons From Star Wars Movies

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My family recently saw “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in a local movie theater, and we were not disappointed. The characters, action, plot, and almost everything else we experienced, met or exceeded our high expectations. As we were leaving the theater, almost everyone had an opinion about the way ... Read More

2019: The Year Ransomware Targeted State & Local Governments

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As 2019 winds to a close, the top cybersecurity story was clearly the targeted ransomware that caused major disruptions and operational and financial impacts for state and local governments and hospitals throughout the USA.    Here is a sampling of the state and local government ransomware stories from 2019:    ... Read More