Local Governments Need Cybersecurity More Than Ever. A Free Federal Program Will Help.

The United States is experiencing around 150 million cyber attacks on state governments everyday, according to some estimates. Fortunately, a free federal program could blunt the damage.

We’re referring to the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Assessments program, offered free of charge upon request. It was created in 2007 and offers both remote and face-to-face technical support.

“The program includes cyberhygiene assessments, which analyze potential weak configurations in Internet-facing systems; phishing campaign assessments, which measure human susceptibility to lure emails; and remote penetration testing, which simulates a cyberattack to expose gaps in security,” Government Technology magazine explains. “The program also has a red team, which utilizes social engineering efforts to understand intrusion methods and system flaws that adversaries exploit.”

Learn more about the program here.