When, not if, a security incident hits a county, city or township it can halt many services. Without these local services the public can’t make payments and businesses can’t do their jobs because information is not available to them such as house taxes used by realtors. Everything comes to a standstill and your I.T. staff is left scrambling trying to recover and get business back to normal.
In 2019 alone, there have been many incidents that have hit local governments. Baltimore city computers got hit with ransomware in May and was told to pay $76,000 or risk losing their data. In June several Florida cities paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers to decrypt the files that they encrypted. Other states include Texas, Michigan, Ohio, New York and Georgia were hit with ransomware, this is just what we are seeing from larger local governments that are reporting, we are sure this is happening to smaller governments as well.