When a friend or colleague mentions the word ‘cybersecurity,’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you thought of Target, Sony, and Neiman Marcus, you’re not alone. But cybersecurity is not just a concern for large corporations. Each day, criminals carry out cyber-attacks against all types of organizations—state and local governments are no exception. In fact, in the 2015 Mandiant M-Trends report, cybersecurity incidents in government and international organizations stood out as a notable target for the first time.
Our society depends on critical civic and social services provided by state and local governments. From municipalities and school districts to utilities and transit authorities, state and local governments provide vital services that keep criminals off the street, ensure the delivery of potable water to every home, educate the next generation, and help people get around town. All of these services need effective cybersecurity to support the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. Cyber-attacks continue advancing at an accelerated rate, making the need for an effective cybersecurity management program more important than ever.