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Test your cybersecurity IQ

Posted by Annelise Spargo | October 21, 2021
October is cybersecurity awareness month! We're here to keep you updated 
(and safe!) with the latest information, specifically for special districts.
 Test your knowledge with this quick cybersecurity IQ quiz!
 
 
 
 
So, what is cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, programs, and data from digital attacks that are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes. (MRSC, 2021)

Types of cybersecurity threats

  • Phishing —  sending fraudulent emails that resemble emails from reputable sources. Phishing is currently the biggest threat to districts.
  • Ransomware — malicious software designed to extort money by blocking access to files or the computer system until the ransom is paid.
  • Malware — malicious software designed to gain unauthorized access or to cause damage to a computer.
Preventing a cyberattack
Local governments can be targets of cyberattacks because they store considerable amounts of sensitive information, especially personally identifiable information (PII) such as names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, social security numbers, and medical information. This information is valuable to cybercriminals because they can sell the data or hold it for ransom. (Norris, 2021)
 
Tips for getting started with cybersecurity
  1. Cybersecurity education
  2. Update your passwords regularly 
  3. Test for a security breach 
  4. Consider cybersecurity insurance
  5. Attend our webinar! >

Ready to learn more about cybersecurity for special districts?

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"10 Cybersecurity Practices to Keep Special Districts Safe"

 

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