Cybersecurity Basics: How Local Governments Can Avoid Ransomware Attacks

    October 9, 2019

    Baltimore has already spent $18.2 million in recovery and other costs after a ransomware attack in May. A school district in upstate New York recently delayed the beginning of its school year because of a ransom attack. In August, 20 local Texas government organizations were hit with a coordinated attack, while the Rockville Centre school district in Long Island paid hackers $100,000 to get its communications systems back up and running.

    Ransom attacks against cities are becoming more frequent and more severe. Over 40 municipalities have experienced cyberattacks in 2019 alone.

    So how can city governments avoid becoming the next victim? It starts with perfecting the cybersecurity basics:

     

     

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