The recent pandemic has left state and local governments with budget shortfalls as cyber threats continue to rise, leaving state asking the federal government for funding to help them protect their data.

A coalition of Governors, Comptrollers, CIOs and Emergency Management Association members sent a letter to House and Senate leaders asking for a dedicated cybersecurity program to help with response to the stress placed on networks by remote working and increased cyberattacks.

Networks lack the capacity to process the increased traffic we are seeing and the increase in attacks that makes possible,” Richmond emphasized. “It is time to recognize the cybersecurity and IT modernization for state and local governments is essential to the success of our response and recovery efforts.”

What can be done now to help shore up security until more funding is available?