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Recent Cyber Attacks Highlight Need for Municipal Data Governance and…


This year has seen a rise in cyber attacks on government agencies and prompted official warnings.

Messaging Architects, an eMazzanti Technologies Company and municipal data governance expert, recommends steps for municipal government agencies to counter the rising threat of cyber attacks in a new article. The informative article first asserts that agencies must implement municipal data governance and cyber security best practices to maintain public trust.

The author then reviews several key actions to take outlined in a detailed joint statement to schools by the FBI and CISA. Steps include updating incident response plans, strengthening backup policies, and monitoring supply chain security. The author also urges stronger authentication and access management practices and improved patch management and email security. He concludes by highlighting a new cyber security grant program available to state and local governments.

“This year has seen a rise in cyber attacks on government agencies and prompted official warnings,” stated Greg Smith, Vice President of Services Delivery at Messaging Architects. “A data breach of federal court records further spotlighted the need for improved municipal data governance and security.”

Below are a few excerpts from the article, “Recent Cyber Attacks Highlight Need for Municipal Data Governance and Security.”

Review and Update Incident Response Plans

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“A detailed incident response plan forms a critical component of the organization’s ability to minimize exposure and risk. It includes immediate steps to take to contain the spread of infection, eradicate malicious code and ensure business continuity. The response plan also outlines a specific plan for internal and external communications.”

Strengthen Backup Policies

“Regular, reliable data backups provide an essential component of cyber security readiness. CISA emphasizes the need for agencies to ensure that regular backups include the data infrastructure of the entire organization. Backups should be tested regularly and encrypted, and the organization should maintain a copy of the backup offline.”

Monitor Supply Chain Security

“Time and time again, attackers have gained access to lucrative targets by first infiltrating a third party. For example, the California Department of Motor Vehicles suffered a ransomware attack last year that exposed thousands of driver and vehicle records. The attack began when hackers first breached a billing services company that contracted with the DMV.”

Improve Email Security

“Because email remains a top attack vector, organizations must make email security a priority. This includes implementing high-quality email filters and properly configuring email services. CISA also recommends disabling hyperlinks in incoming emails and adding an email banner to alert users to external emails.”

Municipal Data Governance and Security Experts

To qualify for the new Federal cyber security grant program, state and local governments must produce comprehensive cyber security plans. For agencies that lack sufficient security expertise, this requirement can prove daunting. The municipal data governance and security experts at Messaging Architects help agency leaders develop effective cyber security plans.

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About Messaging Architects

Messaging Architects specializes in effectively managing and securing an organization’s most precious asset, its information. With over 20 years of information management and technology consulting experience, the Messaging Architects team has provided corporations, educational intuitions, health care facilities and nonprofits with methodologies, procedures, and technology to keep their data organized, compliant and secure.

About eMazzanti Technologies

eMazzanti’s team of trained, certified IT experts rapidly deliver increased revenue growth, data security and productivity for clients ranging from law firms to high-end global retailers, expertly providing advanced retail and payment technology, digital marketing services, cloud and mobile solutions, multi-site implementations, 24×7 outsourced network management, remote monitoring, and support.

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