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Why Are Cities So Bad At Cyber Security?
Just last month, two large American cities — Atlanta and Baltimore — were hacked. In Atlanta, a ransomware attack left the city’s services offline for a week. And, in Baltimore, their 311 and 911 dispatch systems were taken down.
It’s more evidence that cities and counties — as well as our federal government — need to think about cybersecurity, according to Donald Norris, professor emeritus of public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
He and a group of researchers conducted the first-ever nationwide survey of local government cybersecurity and found that they are far behind where they should be.