This year has seen a rise in cyber attacks on government agencies and prompted official warnings. Notably, a recent joint statement from the FBI and CISA warned schools about probable attacks. And a data breach of federal court records further spotlighted the need for improved municipal data governance and security. A perfect storm of cyber security risks makes municipal agencies particularly vulnerable to attack. In the first place, schools, courts, utility departments and other government entities store a treasure trove of sensitive information. Those same agencies often use legacy systems and lack critical cyber security infrastructure and data governance resources.
In late 2020, a study showed that 80 percent of businesses worried about state-backed cyber attacks. Within weeks, the Russian-sponsored SolarWinds hack and the China-backed Microsoft Exchange hack came to light, confirming those concerns. Should businesses and individuals fear these attacks, or do they only affect government agencies? Lawless Frontier Invites Multiple Players In recent years, countries have increasingly turned to the cyber arena to conduct espionage and warfare. Unlike traditional warfare, very few international laws exist to govern cyber warfare. And, while Russia and China currently dominate the stage, smaller countries can also make a big impact with a