How The Government Shutdown Affects Cybersecurity

It’s hard to get away from the news of the government shutdown currently taking place. According to Hashed Out by SSL Store, agencies like Homeland Security, the Transportation Department and the Justice Department are all closed, and about 80,000 workers are currently not working or are working without pay to perform duties like traffic control. Immediate Effects During a government shutdown, there are certain employees who are deemed essential and are exempt from the shutdown, according to Axios. Since Homeland Security is shut down, this means the newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is stripped down to only those employees who have been deemed essential, and all other employees…

City Governments Paying Big For Cybersecurity Breaches

Cities, municipalities and government bodies alike have all been targets of cyber attacks, usually in the form of ransomware that gets in via poor employee cyber practice. According to Security Boulevard, in the past year, Ontario’s Municipal Offices and the Town of Wasaga Beach in Ontario were attacked, leaving their servers useless. A hit closer to home was the big breach in Atlanta that ended with the city opting to spend funds on incident response instead of paying the ransom. In the end, a breach in the system can end up costing the entity thousands, if not millions, of dollars, which leaves other government agencies with the question: how do…

Municipal Organizations Need Cybersecurity

  Municipal entities are responsible for storing personal records of citizens. Birth certificates, mortgage documents, medical records and Social Security numbers are just some of the sensitive data they collect and store. Citizens rely on municipal organizations to keep their data private and protected, which cannot be accomplished without a proper cybersecurity program.   According to CIO, the vast majority of public agencies lack a clear cybersecurity plan. This is troubling when you think about the amount of personal data hackers could steal. There are several factors that cause a lack of sufficient cybersecurity programs in municipal organizations. Here are a few:   Lack of training. Employees of municipal organizations…

Why Municipal Organizations Need Cloud Computing in 2018

Citizens in today’s digital age expect efficient public services and a government that can stay up-to-date with modern technologies. In response to this expectation, cloud computing has become an important part of local and state government IT solutions around the nation.   In a recent survey, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers found that the number of state governments making the jump to cloud services had increased sharply over the year before. So, what are the benefits of the cloud for municipal organizations? Let’s take a closer look.   Lower Hardware Costs The cloud allows municipal organizations to reduce spending on IT hardware, because storing data on-site can…

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How Local Governments Can Improve Network Security

Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a safe and stable cyberspace. That said, our nation’s very security and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risks stemming from a multitude of cybersecurity threats. Despite their seemingly lower profile, local governments and municipalities are especially vulnerable to such threats. These public entities face attack from bad actors like black hat hackers and nation-states looking to exploit network vulnerabilities to steal information and money. Read on as we detail the threats governments and public entities face and how to better prepare for them.     As today’s world becomes increasingly digitized, the cybersecurity conversation now…

Celebrate Simplify Your Life Week with Cloud Computing

The first week of August is known nationally as Simplify Your Life Week. One of the best ways to simplify your life, especially on a professional level, is to transition to cloud computing. The cloud offers vast storage, accessibility and security benefits for all of your data.   Better Storage Options Traditionally, data would be stored on a physical hard drive with a certain amount of space available that is prone to corruption, destruction and theft. With the cloud, all data storage is virtual. Instead of having to buy a new hard drive any time you want to upgrade storage, you can complete this action virtually at a much lower…

The Complicated Relationship Between Cloud Computing and Government Agencies

Cloud computing has been growing in popularity due to the low expense, low maintenance and highly secure nature of the data storage option. However, many industries are still slow to adopt the cloud for their data storage needs. One of the most notorious industries that are slow to implement cloud computing, but that desperately need the technology are government agencies. In 2010, Vivek Kundra, the federal government CIO at the time, released a mandate that said every new government IT venture should evaluate cloud computing in their structure. And that was back in 2010 before cloud computing really took off! According to a GOA survey in 2014, this announcement has…