Protecting Government from Cyberattacks

As the work of state government relies more and more on technology, agencies must be ready to prevent cyberattacks.
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Over the past few years, there have been hundreds of large-scale cyberattacks in the United States, a number that is expected to grow in the coming years. We all have a role to play to protect ourselves and our organizations from these attacks.

Because of their access to significant amounts of data, some of which contain sensitive information, government agencies must be particularly vigilant against this threat. Recognizing that government agencies increasingly rely on information technology (IT) resources to deliver services, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump has worked to confront the cybersecurity challenges government agencies face. Our office has helped strengthen IT operations across state government and has helped better protect the Commonwealth’s residents from cyberfraud and abuse.

Our audits have made recommendations to reduce the risk of cyberattacks, and provide important lessons about how we can all better protect ourselves from these threats:

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