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ADDRESSING THE EMERGING MOBILE CYBERSECURITY THREATS FACING STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

The number and cost of cyber attacks on the public sector is growing. According to Accenture’s 2017 “Cost of Cyber Crime Study,” the average cost of a successful public sector cyber breach in 2017 increased $1.43 million over the previous year to $8.2 million. Experts indicate that state and local governments are being increasingly targeted because their technology is easier to hack than the private sector’s, they host highly valuable data and they have a limited ability to manage system down time.