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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Dave Mims, CEO
Dave Mims

In the criminal world, cybercrime has become a $1.5 trillion “industry.” Yes, trillion. With a “T.” If cybercrime was a country, it would have the 13th largest economy in the world.

Cybercriminals view organizations all around the world as low-hanging fruit to plunder. And cities are a big target! This year alone, we’ve seen many cities targeted with ransomware, malware, and hacking.

No matter the size of your city, you are a target. Municipal leagues have been requesting me to give presentations about cybersecurity from Arkansas to Georgia. I’m passionate about making sure cities are protected from cyber threats. For me, it comes down to 3Ps and 3 Fundamentals.

Your biggest risks are Passwords, Patching, and People.

The fundamentals to get right are the Wall, the People, and the Escape.

To learn more, check out either my Georgia Municipal Association presentation (Cyberattacks and Georgia’s Cities) or my Arkansas Municipal League presentation (Cybersecurity: Is My City at Risk? What Can I Do?).

With cybersecurity, mitigating your risks is important. Yes, you want to spend with discipline and frugality, but not spending enough dooms you to fail—as we mention in our featured article.

In customer news, check out the following new websites:

(Plus, every Friday on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter feeds, we showcase the website of a city we serve with the hashtag trend #WebsiteFriday.)

We’d also like to welcome Franklin Springs, Georgia to the Sophicity family.

As always, don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have something to share with our local government community.

Blessings,

Dave Mims


If You’re Not Spending Enough on IT, You’re Doomed to Fail

You might think your city’s size makes IT less important. Not so. In today’s world, IT has become the backbone and an essential utility for most organizations. But unlike traditional utilities, many cities think they can get by with underinvestment in something so crucial to city operations.

Waiting for an IT-related disaster or disruption before you invest is simply negligent. And the public can grow cynical about your city when they realize that suddenly you found money in your budget to pay for IT after a disaster. It tells them you did have the money all along but chose not to spend it...why? Why operate with that risk?

While there are many repercussions to underinvesting in information technology, we highlight 5 of the biggest ways that not spending the necessary money will doom your city to fail.


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Events

We hope to see you at these upcoming events including:

2018 Kentucky Master Municipal Clerks Academy
August 22-24, 2018
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Georgia Clerks Education Institute Fall Conference 2018
September 9-11, 2018
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Apply GMA's Safety and Liability Management Grant Toward 25% of IT in a Box’s Cost

If you are a member of the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) property and liability fund (GIRMA), then you are eligible to receive a grant from GMA’s Safety and Liability Management Grant Program to reimburse your city for up to 25% of the annual IT in a Box subscription fee.

Read about the City of Pembroke, Georgia receiving a GMA liability grant for IT in a Box.