Cybersecurity: Don't Be Unprepared

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. ICMA has resources to help managers meet the challenges.

ARTICLE | Aug 10, 2016

The threat of cyber attacks, security breaches, and other cyber incidents can keep managers and IT directors awake at night. And the threat is so real that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The purpose is not only to encourage awareness and engagement but to call attention to the tools and resources DHS offers for the public and private sectors to promote online safety and increase national resiliency in the event of a cyber incident.

ICMA is promoting awareness, too. This year, in partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, ICMA surveyed local governments about their cybersecurity experiences and practices. Among the topics covered:

  • Cybersecurity staffing
  • Types of cyberattacks reported
  • Policies, practices, and tools local governments employ to improve cybersecurity
  • Barriers to improvement.

Watch for a report of survey findings. Meanwhile, ICMA is collecting cybersecurity resources and will use the survey results to help expand our offerings. Check these out:

Additional resources:

Cybersecurity is an important, continually evolving challenge for local governments. Protect your organization and your residents by staying aware and staying informed.

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