State and local governments were the target of an increasing number of cyberattacks, with an average of three a day in the USA in 2019 – a 65% increase from the previous year (Security Boulevard). Both the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of the US Department of Homeland Security, have issued warnings and have stressed the importance of adopting improved cybersecurity measures.
The most recent attacks in the USA were ransomware infections. In December 2019, the affected cities included Pensacola, FL; and New Orleans, LA, where the mayor declared a state of emergency after essential government services were sabotaged or halted. In January 2020, the Texas Department of Information Resources detected a large-scale barrage, with 10,000 attempted cyberattacks every minute.
ACID offers a cost-effective solution to state and local government agencies, alerting them to impending attacks while still in the planning stage, thus enabling them to take appropriate action, avoid paying ransom and maintain operational continuity for the benefit of their citizens.