State and local governments face a disturbing cybersecurity threat

StateScoop: Headlines trumpet the remarkable international pushback on Russia’s cyber meddling and sponsorship of cybercrime and fraud. Water-cooler talk of spies, bots, and assassinations has everyone acting like an armchair FBI agent. The vulnerability of institutions we once took for granted is front and center, and it is disturbing, to say the least.

It’s not only the White House, the NSA, and the Senate Intelligence Committee that should be alarmed. State and local government organizations face a growing cybercrime threat. Hackers are targeting municipalities and state agencies in part because they are often easier to breach than better-defended enterprise networks.

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