Compromise Not an Option: Beat Criminals at Their Own Game Through People, Process, and Technology

In today's ever-evolving cyber landscape, safeguarding information and proactively addressing potential threats to a municipality and the community it serves are top priorities. Over the last two years, attackers were quick to adapt to and exploit new technology and WFH requirements, targeting relief programs and disrupting payment flows. Moreover, threat actors have increasingly abused inherent trust in system connectivity, privilege, and access, and identity continues to be a sought-after commodity.

TECH INSIGHT: Why Multi-Factor Authentication Is Essential

How can you better protect your organization’s sensitive information and your users’ personal data? Deciding where to focus your information security efforts for the most protection and the best return on investment can be a challenge. Multi-factor authentication is an excellent place to start, and here’s why.

TECH INSIGHTS: ARPA Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Final Rule Confirms That Municipalities May Use Funds for Cybersecurity, IT Services, and Websites

Preparing to Defend Against Today’s Cyber Threats Webinar

Why You Are a Target and What No Cost Cybersecurity Resources are Available to Help!

For a brief timeframe, many smaller municipalities felt insulated to cyber criminal activity. After all, who would target a town of 6,000 when there are 317 U.S. cities with populations over 100,000 and far more financial resources? The cyber threat environment has shifted, cyber criminals have become more opportunistic, and everyone is now a potential target.

TECH INSIGHTS: 5 Legal, Financial, and Operational Penalties for Municipalities Not Addressing Cybersecurity Risks

Cities and towns—even the smallest municipalities—not addressing fundamental problems with information technology and cybersecurity are not simply risking a virus that could wipe out data. They risk serious legal, financial, and operational penalties. As stewards of private, sensitive, and confidential information, municipalities must take information technology seriously.

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Staying Out of the Headlines: Cybersecurity Must Haves So Your City or Town Is Protected and Out of the News Webinar

Ransomware, malware, and cyberattacks are putting municipalities in the news for all the wrong reasons. And it’s scary to think how easy it can happen—especially when 95% of all successful attacks over the past two years started in email. Not to worry. Ways exist to mitigate the risks of such attacks. Joe Howland, Chief Information Security Officer at VC3, will talk about these evolving threats, discuss a framework for covering all aspects of your cybersecurity, and provide you an actionable checklist that you can take back to your municipality.

TECH INSIGHTS: Water Supply Attack Illustrates Security Lessons for Municipalities

During the first week of February in Oldsmar, Florida, a hacker tried to poison the city’s water supply by increasing the amount of lye to dangerous levels. While the city fended off the attack, it’s still scary to contemplate what hackers can potentially do in 2021.

TECH INSIGHTS: IT Budgeting: Top Six Mistakes When Cutting IT Costs

A study in late 2019 found that 44% of organizations planned to increase IT spending in 2020. But with COVID-19 and a disrupted economy, many have changed that plan to cut costs. Does that sound familiar?

Cyberinfrastructure Projects in New Hampshire

In the last issue of this magazine, we presented an overview of two NH projects that focus on keeping New Hampshire competitive in the economic marketplace by helping to expand broadband availability and use in the state. Both projects were funded by the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and managed by the University of New Hampshire.

Cyberinfrastructure Projects in New Hampshire

Cyberinfrastructure refers to the suite of tools, resources and knowledgeable personnel that, when connected together, makes possible advances in nearly every aspect of life. Because it is so critical to our human capacity to do more, our collective investment in cyberinfrastructure is a national priority.