Basic and No-Cost Steps Agencies Can Take to Defend Against Hackers

March 10, 2021

Route Fifty

High profile hacking incidents in recent months, as well as ransomware attacks targeting cities and other public sector entities over the past couple of years, serve as a reminder of the cybersecurity risks that state and local governments have to contend with.

For smaller-sized localities and agencies, in particular, tackling these sorts of threats can be a challenge given limited staff and tight funding. But there are some low-cost and relatively straightforward steps that state and local governments can take to protect themselves.

Last week, Brendan Montagne, a senior program specialist with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or MS-ISAC, outlined some of these measures during an online session held as part of Govapalooza, an event for local government leaders.