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Local Governments Targeted in Rising Numbers of Cyberattacks
"It's been verified by several media outlets and cybersecurity experts that 18 local governments across the U.S. have been impacted by ransomware so far this year," said George Rosenthal, President of ThrottleNet. "The latest is The City of Oak Ridge Tennessee which according to ID Agents This Week in Breach, said the city realized a network disruption in late March with a large negative impact on city services."
Rosenthal said local governments are obvious targets for cyber thieves. "Most of these local entities have very small or no IT departments, yet thousands of their residents depend on them for seamless delivery of city services. In many cases, their networks have few if any safeguards in place. Should they suffer a breach it can disrupt day-to-day operations and draw the ire of local stakeholders."
He added, "The longer the downtime the more frustrated everyone becomes. Hackers understand this and realize municipalities are better off paying a ransom to regain control of their technology than facing the large costs and time needed to revamp their entire network infrastructure. There is also the negative publicity surrounding the incident."
Rosenthal emphasized proper due diligence and adherence to best cyber practices can prevent nearly all ransomware attacks. "Smaller agencies and businesses should have a plan in place that stops a ransomware attack before it starts. Proper team training is essential and so are several overlooked solutions like patching systems regularly to cover vulnerabilities and optimizing proper password and email protection with strong passwords on every account. We also recommend using MFA or Multifactor Authentication, adding a layer of protection cyber thieves can't penetrate."
"Governments need to be proactive to defend against cyber criminals. Companies like ThrottleNet can help them develop a plan that eliminates nearly all chances of disruption while protecting their data and maintaining the privacy and safety of their residents."
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