With a rise in a cybercriminal attack against local governments, states are helping the cities and countries to formulate a better protection plan.
FREMONT, CA: As cybercriminals are increasing their attacks against local governments, some states are helping the countries and cities to fight against the attacks. According to a research by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, the states have provided election cybersecurity responses to ransomware attacks that take computer systems hostage, training other programs as well. Sixty-five percent of the states provided cybersecurity services to local governments, but this scope varies widely as other states are not doing anything to help with the excuse that they do not have any jurisdiction over local governments or they lack money. It is difficult for most of the local governments to stand against ransomware as they fall short of the resources that they need to protect themselves, the system that worked yesterday does not function today as the cybercriminals are evolving with every passing day. But the brighter side is that most of the states are now taking the initiative to help the local government to tackle this threat.
Cybersecurity is a severe problem for the state governments; sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals are continuously scanning computer networks looking for vulnerabilities. Those networks contain sensitive information like Social Security numbers, bank account details, credit card numbers, and birth certificates of millions of businesses and individuals. Local governments noticed a spike in cyberattacks in 2019, a minimum of 370 cyber incidents have affected local governments and the public safety agencies. According to a report, the majority of ransomware attacks in the United States targeted local governments last year. Ransomware hijacks government computer systems and holds them hostage till their victims pay a ransom or restore their system on their own.
The states have to overcome the obstacles by establishing relationships with municipal leagues and country associations and spreading awareness by doing cyber summits. The states must also formulate a plan to save money by consulting local governments during the cyber contract planning process.
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