The number of cyber attacks and data breaches has increased significantly in recent years, and public entities are not exempt. These “cyber events” include the theft or release of personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers from a computer system, the transmission of malware from a computer to a third party or a “denial of service” attack that results in the inability to use computers or websites.

These incidents can have a considerable financial impact on a public entity, including the cost of lawsuits, crisis management and notification of the affected parties. They can also lead to a public relations nightmare.

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