State-government cybersecurity is getting complex

StateScoop: State and big-city governments have stepped up their cybersecurity policies considerably over the past few years, officials said this week at a Department of Homeland Security conference outside Washington.

Several chief information security officers and homeland security advisers painted a rosy picture of state and local governments getting serious about enhanced training for public workers, more partnerships with other rungs of government and the private sector, and revising emergency response plans to cover cyberattacks. But they also acknowledged they face an expanding threat landscape that endangers everything from government IT functions to critical public infrastructure.

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