On March 22, 2018, a cyberattack hit the City of Atlanta.  A ransomware program infected the City’s computer systems.  That malware encrypted the city’s files, and officials believe it may also have provided unauthorized access to the City’s data to a group of hackers (although, the City says it has not yet “seen any evidence that personal information has been misused as a result”).  The hackers demanded a ransom payment of six bitcoin (valued at approximately $50,000).
Continue Reading Atlanta Cyberattack Shows Importance of Cybersecurity for Municipalities

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