Every day, municipalities are at risk from increasingly sophisticated and frequent cyber attacks and continually evolving vulnerabilities. Local governments—like other organizations— must spend time and resources devising ways to reduce a range of cyber-related risks that could significantly disrupt their operations.
In the past three years, counties and local governments with cybersecurity insurance have seen their premiums increase to double or triple the rates they were paying in 2019. At the same time, they found they were paying more for less.
The cybersecurity threats to our governments cannot be understated. Breaches are happening right here in New York. Hackers are trying to access your systems right now, as you are reading this Primer. They are sending emails to county employees, they are looking for vulnerabilities in your website, and they are looking for ways into your databases.
The purpose of this document is to provide non-technical leaders with an unofficial, yet useful, “quick reference” of definitions of select cybersecurity terminology to support their understanding of the cybersecurity environment.