From the largest state and county departments to the smallest local jurisdictions, local government systems contain the valuable citizen data they need to provide necessary services. Such data includes tax information, social security numbers, passwords, and credit card numbers.
In addition, the strained resources of local governments often means that their cybersecurity investments fall woefully behind those of similar-sized private businesses. Siloed departments, a bureaucratic structure, and departmental sprawl all make it challenging to provide adequate protection.
As digital transformation drives local governments to deliver more services online through hyper-connected, cloud-based internal systems, this increases their threat exposure. Combine a valuable target, relatively weak defenses, and an ever-increasing amount of entry points to attack, and it’s not hard to see why local governments are in the crosshairs. Whether the goal is to steal information, stage a ransomware attack, or just cause chaos, hackers view local governments as an easy target.