State & Local governments are facing a serious epidemic that threatens to drain funds, upend budgetary assumptions, and leave communities without the services they have come to rely on. This epidemic is none other than cyber crime and the problem is growing worse with each passing year. As private industry beefs up its cyber defenses and employees become more cautious about clicking links and answering unsolicited phone calls, hackers have changed their tactics and targeted a new class of victims – local government. Cyber criminals are well aware that local government organizations often lack the resources to fully protect themselves from known and emerging threats.
Ransomware reached new heights in 2020 with increasingly targeted attacks: A 62% increase in ransomware globally, and 158% spike in North America, points to cybercriminals using more sophisticated tactics and more dangerous variants, like Ryuk, to earn an easy payday. Cities have also been targeted by Advanced Persistent Threats a(SPT) and foreign nation states preparing for global conflict.
Organizations of all kinds need to be aware and understand the importance of expanding their approaches to privacy compliance in order to meet the demands of expanding laws around the world. Also with evolving compliance from Federal and State governments mandating better security to protect it citizens the importance of meeting these regulations is paramount. These moving targets need to be followed to ensure that hefty fines aren't weighed for insufficiencies or data breaches against your organization.
Few state & local governments have dedicated IT staff in place to maintain operations of IT assets let alone resolve vulnerabilities or offer security recommendations.
State & Local governments often lack the resources for a robust cyber defense which could leave them vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Combine this with the pandemic and monetary losses from taxes could wreak havoc on budgets for these organizations.
State & Municipal staff are skilled at what they do, but similar to the private sector, employees lack the training, knowledge and awareness to distinguish between security incidents, such as phishing or vishing attacks. It only takes one hacker success to wreak havoc and bring bad publicity for the organization..
Inceptus provides State & Local Governments with the services they need to operate in compliance and stay safe from cyber threats and data breaches. Inceptus can design a customized Adaptable Defenses that are tailored to address the gaps in your current ecosystems cyber security stance, comply with regulation and provide the ultimate protection against hackers, malware, ransomware, and downtime. Inceptus helps ensure that the sensitive data of your citizen's remain secure.