One noticeable difference between government and the private sector is the quantity of sensitive data. Governments tend to hold a larger amount of personally Identifiable Information (Social Security, Financial Information and Protected Health Information).
If this information is compromised, it will lead to sizable unplanned cash outflows. The “2011 Cost of a Data Breach” study published by the Ponemon Institute reports the average direct cost of a privacy incident is $73 per record. This is comprised of state and federally required notification costs, credit monitoring expenses, public relations costs and legal fees.
Because of the recent rise in high profile cybercrime incidents, it is critically important that local govern-
ment Administrators go further to ensure the security, integrity, availability, and confidentiality of this
data. According to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS- ISAC) there are seven key
information security threats that every local administration must address.
To read more of Christopher Bomar’s article in the Center for Local Government, click hereShare