Governments Don't Always Pay Hackers, But What If They Did?

Going against the FBI's ransomware advice is one way state chief information officers are thinking for themselves.
by , , | May 31, 2018 AT 3:00 AM

A new generation of state technology leaders is rethinking the conventional wisdom (and FBI's advice) about cybersecurity.

When a government agency's computers and files are locked by hackers, the FBI advises against giving in to their monetary demands. That's fine as long as backup files are still available, but ransomware attacks are evolving to go after those, too.

At the same time, many state CIOs are taking a wait-and-see approach to widescale adoption of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence.

On this episode of "Go Public," Government Technology’s Noelle Knell and Lauren Harrison discuss these new challenges and opportunities with the backdrop of midterm elections that have already prompted the departure of some state CIOs.

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Government Technology Editor Noelle Knell
Noelle Knell | Editor