To protect local communities, public entities must stay ahead of constantly changing cyber risks. While many have a general awareness of such risks, they often lack specifics on how best to prepare. Cyber events involving private or confidential data can be both high-profile and costly, draining local finances and putting local officials in the media spotlight.
- Ransomware: New variants of maliciously installed malware hold public entity data hostage for ransom.
- Vendors: Vendors and business partners present risks to data security.
- Negligent employees: Workers cause cyber breaches by mistakenly sending emails containing confidential information.
- Hackers: Cyber criminals attack computer systems to obtain data.
- Hacktivists: Hackers may block an organization's website or change its messaging to promote a social or political cause.
- Social engineering: Employees can be tricked into transferring funds to cyber criminals.
This session will include a brief video presentation, "Anatomy of a Main Street Hack," and it will suggest specific actions to consider for public entities to minimize exposure to cyber risks.