I recently published in The Legal Intelligencer a timely article on cybersecurity threats to local governments. The failure of local governments to adequately address data security is causing huge costs to taxpayers and exposing municipalities to significant legal risks.
While private companies have become increasingly attentive to the risks of data breaches, attention to information security has lagged in the public sector. A survey by the New York Stock Exchange found that data security is addressed at most or all board meetings of publicly traded companies. By contrast, a 2015 poll of local government employees revealed that almost half were unaware of their employer’s IT security practices.
What should local governments do to address this growing problem? Read the full article here.