Chances are the answer to the question above is yes, and chances are there is more you can do to reduce the risk to your city’s infrastructure and its citizens.
To help raise awareness among city leaders about the threats local governments and their citizens face online, as well as the steps they can take to mitigate those threats, NLC will be holding a free webinar on “Cybersecurity Awareness” in conjunction with the Public Technology Institute. The webinar will take place Thursday, October 25, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET. Participants will learn about cyber risks and vulnerabilities that governments face—both internal and external—and the actions they can take to provide for a safer and secure cyber work environment.
It is a good time for us to hold this webinar, as October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has pointed out that we must ask “all Americans to ACT—Achieve Cybersecurity Together.” Cities play a key role in this effort. They not only need to protect critical infrastructure and data, but also have a resposibility to educate its citizens and municipal employees. We hope you will join us and find out more about what you can do to prepare your city and citizens.
Cybersecurity Awareness Webinar
Thursday, October, 25
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
This is an issue every city leader should know about – for more information as to why, read more after the jump…
Last week, we heard yet again from the Administration dire warnings of the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor.” This time, it was Defense Secretary Leon Panetta outlining the vulnerability of our power-grid, public water systems, and transportation systems to attacks from foreign nations and extremist groups. While more action is necessary at the federal level, municipal governments play a significant role and cannot wait for federal action.
Cyber theft and cyber terror are no longer the realm of Hollywood movies. In both large and small ways, attacks are occurring every day, and many are successful. Many Americans have read in the news that major banks have recently been under a cyber-attack—those attacks continue, now entering a fifth week. Fewer are aware of the impact of thousands of more targeted attacks on local governments of all sizes, such as a recent incident where cyber thieves stole $400,000 and data on hundreds of citizens and employees from a small city in Washington State.
The current Administration, non-profits, and the private sector are all working building awareness about the threats we face online, and providing tools so we can all take steps to make the internet a more secure place. For many municipalities, the problems of cybersecurity may seem too large and the technology may seem to be changing too fast moving for them to keep up. This misses the point that there are simple steps local governments can take to defend their networks against those who would steal data, money, or aim to shut down or destroy physical infrastructure. Please join us next Thursday, October 25, at 2:00 PM ET, to learn what your city can do to better protect itself against cyber-attack.