Cybersecurity for Local Governments & Municipalities
Cybercrimes and attacks against governments and agencies have been on the rise over the last several years. They’ve become increasingly frequent and more sophisticated—and more devastating too.
Why Cybersecurity Is Important for Municipalities
You store super-sensitive information.
- There are loads of personal data scattered throughout your different government systems. You have voters’ registration and personal information, tax records, criminal records, and more—it’s all there for the taking.
- And it’s not just your systems you have to worry about. Your systems also connect to larger state and federal infrastructures. If your systems are breached, it could lead to big trouble in those systems too.
You have a tight budget and limited resources.
- We know you don’t have a big budget to work with, and we also realize that IT and cybersecurity might not be high on your priority list. However, we can assure you both very much should be.
- In this digital age, technology and its security are the backbones of much of our day-to-day lives, both at work and at home. If something goes wrong with all this tech, everything else around it crumbles. The good news is you don’t have to break the bank for good cybersecurity and IT support.
You control critical infrastructure.
- The various departments and agencies each have huge responsibilities to the public. Supplying utilities, providing online services and access to personal data, controlling traffic, taking payments, dispatching emergency services… if any of these services are compromised, your citizens could be facing huge problems.
- These are not new problems either. In March 2018, the city of Atlanta was hit with a massive ransomware attack after failing to update its IT infrastructure. 6 days later in Baltimore, hackers breached the city’s 911 emergency system, temporarily disrupting their operations and forcing a manual workaround.
- You also may have heard about a couple of recent cyberattacks: a water treatment plant in Florida was hacked in February of 2021 with the aim of releasing harmful chemicals into the public water supply. Then in May, hackers target the Colonial Pipeline, a large gasoline supply line that runs from Texas to New York. The attack prompted the temporary shutdown of the pipeline, causing panic-buying and price surges across the region. Even if these aren’t directly government operations, you better believe the government answers to the public for them.
Your employees are prime targets.
- Human error is by far the most significant factor in cyberattacks. The FBI reported that over 95% of cybercrimes involve human error. It’s the most difficult variable to account for.
- To complicate things further, some government employees who’ve been around for a while can be stuck in their ways, just like anyone else. Maybe they’ve done something one way for years or even decades, and then someone plops down a bunch of machines, hooks up some wires, hands them an armful of devices, and says there’s a whole new way of doing things. It can be daunting.
- Luckily, proper and regular employee training will significantly curb that human variable. When your employees know how to use their tech safely, and they’re aware of the threats around them, you’re better protected than most
Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation cybersecurity inspection and quote.