Cybersecurity Trends Point to More Sophisticated Attacks Ahead

Ransomware continues to hammer away at city and state agencies, schools, hospitals, emergency services, businesses, and more, hitting the likes of Dallas, Lowell, Mass., and many others. Efforts to quantify the threat are often hamstrung by uneven reporting, however. The federal Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act (CIRCIA) — expected to come into effect in late 2023 or early 2024 — could help bring better information, however, and a growing number of states have issued their own reporting requirements for local governments hit by cyber attacks…

Federal officials said this year they’d been mulling whether to enact a widespread payments ban, though some cyber experts say such a move could involve painful short-term side effects and administrative challenges…

Collaboration is becoming a prevailing theme in today’s fight against cyber attacks. The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)’s greatest impact may not be the money, but rather how it brings local and state representatives together to plan how to use those funds. The bulk of the grant award must go to local governments, and some states are considering if shared services or statewide procurement vehicles can deliver the most impact.

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