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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Dave Mims, CEO
Dave Mims

Last weekend at the 85th Annual Convention of the Georgia Municipal Association, I participated on a panel in a session titled “Cyberattacks and Georgia’s Cities.” Joining me on this panel were Brittany Denney (Public Relations Manager, City of Hinesville), Cam Mathis (IT Director, City of Savannah), and moderator Kenny Smith (City Manager, City of Griffin).

Over the last year, quite a few Georgia cities have experienced the high cost and painful results of successful cyberattacks related to ransomware, malware, and hackers. I pointed out that every city—not just those recently affected—is at risk of a cyberattack. But that risk can be lessened. I talked about how bad password policies, lack of patching, and a failure to train employees about cybersecurity are the root causes of most cyber incidents. To help cities better prepare against these inevitable threats, I offered tips, best practices, and advice centered around concepts of what I call the Wall, the People, and the Escape.

To find out more about how you too can lessen the risk of a cybersecurity incident at your city, check out my entire presentation here.

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