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Local governments large or small can address cybersecurity challenges with common sense and creativity. Two managers share their experiences and advice.
21 October 2016
When it comes to cybersecurity, an organization’s greatest strength—and its greatest vulnerability—is its people. That was one of many points of agreement between participants in the recent Route Fifty viewcast “Communicate to Convince: Prioritizing Cybersecurity in State and Local Governments.”
The panelists represented local governments at two ends of the population spectrum: ICMA member Richard Brown, town administrator in Somerset, Massachusetts, a community of about 18,000; and Keith Young, enterprise information security official in Montgomery County, Maryland, a jurisdiction of more than 1 million.
Yet despite the difference in size—and resources—they offered remarkably similar perspectives on the risks, approaches, and challenges of today’s cyber environment:
You can access the viewcast to hear the entire conversation. The viewcast is timely because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
During National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the ICMA Blog presents weekly messages from DHS. Here are some additional resources:
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