10 / 18 / 2019
  - 01:33:09 PM
Baker Administration Makes Announcment About Cyber Safety

By MyFM's Rick Michaels - As more and more aspects of daily life and business become connected through the internet, and as cities and towns increasingly find themselves the targets of cyberattacks, the Baker administration announced yesterday,  a new effort to help each of the state's cities and towns bolster their cybersecurity readiness. The effort will be backed by $300,000 in funding managed by the MassCyberCenter, which plans to host a series of statewide workshops at which communities can get assistance developing or reviewing their cyber incident response plans and can collaborate with neighboring communities. Speaking at the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum, Gov. Charlie Baker said it is critical that the state, local governments and the private sector make cybersecurity part of everything they do in an increasingly technological world. Senate President Karen Spilka of Ashland, who also spoke at the cybersecurity forum, noted that the New York Times recently reported that more than 40 cities and towns across America have been victims of cyberattacks so far this year. "It's a problem right here in Massachusetts, too. Our communities and businesses face a barrage of attempted ransomware attacks, hacks and data breaches daily," she said. "So it's not an exaggeration when I say that we're under siege and we need to be resilient and ready at all times. That means making sure that the vibrant state economy that we have has all the best minds and is in the best position to thwart these attacks." On Thursday, Baker said he hopes the Legislature passes the bond bill before leaving Beacon Hill for their next recess, which runs from Thanksgiving through the holiday season and into 2020.

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