Route Fifty: 2016 was a watershed year for both government and business when it comes to cybersecurity. It wasn’t just our perception based on incidents that dominated the news, a recent report found that breaches increased by 40 percent last year. And nearly all 50 states took the U.S. Department of Homeland Security up on its offer to help assess their voting systems just prior to last year’s presidential election.
But those assessments were a last-minute measure that only looked for vulnerabilities to date, and did not result in a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy for states. Despite these recent events, state governments have been slow in taking action to protect data.