Tuesday, October 4, 2021 | 2:00PM EDT | 60 Minutes | 1 CPE

Ransomware threats are targeting state and local agencies with increasing frequency. According to the Verizon Data Breach Incident Report 2022, 80% of attacks on public sector systems were financially motivated, and 78% of the breaches came from outside the network. At the same time, some state legislatures have banned state agencies from paying ransomware, with other states considering the same approach.

These trends are on a collision course, raising the pressure on state and local CIOs to strengthen their defenses against ransomware and broaden their mitigation strategies in case something gets through. Improving identity protection and response, for example, is important, since 80% of all breaches use compromised credentials.