Fight against cyberattacks on local governments starts here, says DHS

Fight against cyberattacks on local governments starts here, says DHS

Local governments are more vulnerable to digital threats than ever before. Police departments, water treatment plants, and other systems used to run government services have been impacted by hackers.

  • DHS has called on mayors to be leaders in protecting the systems that run their cities and towns.
  • Local leaders say there are a number of reasons for not putting up defenses, including high costs.
  • Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler was tapped to lead the effort.

WASHINGTON — Cyberattacks on the machines that run America are mounting by the day, and the nation’s top civilian cybersecurity official is calling on the cavalry — America’s mayors — to form a front line of America’s defense .

Jen Easterly, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), says ransomware and other digital threats have left local governments across the country more vulnerable than ever. Water treatment plants, hospitals, police departments, and even the automated systems that run entire cities have been hit by hackers, sometimes with devastating consequences.

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