Part one on GovSense for Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity threats are moving at the speed of light.
We all now know that cybersecurity issues are a global problem and not merely a local problem. Even for the smallest and most remote of government jurisdictions, however, we’re past the need to follow the standard outline of the usual white papers about cybersecurity. We’re not going to bother giving you the latest and greatest definitions of terms like “ransomware” and “phishing.” Everyone is well aware of what these menacing terms mean. Rather, we’ll get right to the point.
You can not afford to wait one more minute to take the most aggressive steps possible to protect your jurisdiction’s data . . . move to a comprehensive true-cloud software solution.
We got right to the point in this article because that’s the speed at which you also need to be acting to secure your data. While we understand the need to responsibly and transparently utilize your constituents’ tax dollars, you can not let your outdated, lumbering procurement process slow down your ability to protect the business and personal data of all your stakeholders. How do you think your citizens will react at the next “town hall”, open-public meeting if you have to tell them their data was compromised because you were operating at a 1960s-era work pace? Business as usual is no longer an accepted excuse.
At the time we’re writing this white paper, the City of Atlanta has been hit with a much publicized ransomware attack that shut down many government functions. Luckily the 911 system was not affected, yet even police officers were forced to take reports with pen and paper. GovSense headquarters is located in a North Atlanta suburb in the area commonly referred to as the “technology corridor” known for its plethora and still growing population of high-tech companies. So, this serious data breach happened right in our own neighborhood, which was a sharp reality-check for us as to how vulnerable most of the jurisdictions we talk to each day really are.
Some of these local governments even admit to having experienced a cyber attack themselves with serious and long-term adversity that they will need to manage for years. It’s a constant strain on already stretched budgets to add a hefty line item each year for data security. Those dollars add up fast and, in so many cases, the security expenditures leave them no better protected than they were before. This diversion of tax dollars from other much needed improvements like infrastructure, education and economic development makes it even more difficult for jurisdictions to continue to enhance and improve the lives of their citizenry. It’s a “necessary evil,” they say, but there is a superior and cost-effective way to defend against illicit attacks on your government’s data and the personal data of your constituents.
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