Abacode sees the top three issues impacting states’ cybersecurity as – budget, talent and increasing cyber threats. Add to that the fact that nearly half of states do not have a separate cybersecurity budget and more than a third have seen no growth or worse a reduction in those budgets
In 2019 alone, the U.S. was hit with a flood of ransomware attacks that impacted at least 966 government agencies, educational establishments and healthcare providers at a potential cost in excess of $7.5 billion. The impacted organizations included 113 state and municipal governments and agencies and had impacts that included:
- 911 services being interrupted.
- Dispatch centers had to rely on printed maps and paper logs to keep track of emergency responders in the field.
- Police were locked out of background check systems and unable to access details about criminal histories or active warrants.
- Surveillance systems went offline.
- Badge scanners and building access systems ceased to work.
- Jail doors could not be remotely opened.
- Schools could not access data about students’ medications or allergies.
- Emergency patients had to be redirected to other hospitals.
- Medical records were inaccessible and, in some cases, permanently lost.
- Surgical procedures were canceled, tests were postponed and admissions halted.