Ransomware Attacks on City, Town & County Government Networks
Updated: Feb 19, 2021
Ransomware attacks have hit at least 170 county, city, or state government systems since 2013 - 22 of which occurred in the first half of 2019, according to The U.S. Conference of Mayors.
This latest threat has caused some municipalities to pay up to $500,000 or more in an effort to save critical data. Earlier this year, Rivera Beach, Florida voted to authorize their insurer to pay hackers $592,000 in bitcoin, a hard-to-track cryptocurrency without a guarantee of data recovery. It's an alarming trend that could be prevented with cost effective security measures such as up-to-date endpoint protection software and off-site or cloud backups with ample data retention and malware scanning. While larger cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore and Cleveland are the ones making the news, many security experts suggest the numbers could be much higher with smaller cities, towns and community organizations considered.
Have you brought up cybersecurity with your city council? Were any questions left unanswered? DMDS not only specializes in managed endpoint protection and cloud backup solutions, we happen to have a number of city governments and community organizations across Minnesota as customers. We're here to answer your questions about security and we're prepared with solutions that will help.