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CISA Releases Cyber Essentials for Small Businesses and Governments


On November 6, 2019, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released its Cyber Essentials, a starting point for small businesses and government agencies to understand and address cybersecurity risk as they do other risks. Developed in collaboration with small businesses and state and local governments, Cyber Essentials aims to equip smaller organizations that historically have not been a part of the national dialogue on cybersecurity with basic steps and resources to improve their cybersecurity. Cyber Essentials includes two parts – guiding principles for leaders to develop a culture of security, and specific actions for leaders and their IT professionals to put that culture into action.

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In The News: New Massachusetts municipal cybersecurity program captures media’s attention at Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum


Hundreds gathered across the state last week to participate in the first ever Massachusetts Cybersecurity Week. Speaking at the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum on Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker put a capstone on the week when he announced $300,000 in new funding for a program to help municipalities improve their cybersecurity resiliency. The program will be managed by the MassCyberCenter.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Program to Assist Municipalities in Bolstering Cyber Resiliency

BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced a new program aimed at helping the Commonwealth’s 351 municipalities develop plans to bolster cybersecurity readiness or ‘cyber resiliency.’ The effort, backed by $300,000 in funding managed by the MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative, will support a series of statewide workshops that will provide municipalities with the tools to develop or review their cyber incident response plans and facilitate collaboration with neighboring communities.

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Release: NGA to Partner with 7 States on Enhanced Cybersecurity Strategies

Arkansas, Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio and Washington to Focus on Collaborative Cybersecurity Strategies

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Massachusetts: A Hotbed for Healthcare Cybersecurity

Ransomware attacks in healthcare are predicted to quintuple by 2021. Learn how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is playing a leading role in protecting the healthcare sector and driving innovation in digital health, via this post from the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative.

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Gloucester Daily Times Highlights Importance Of Municipal Cybersecurity

The editorial board of the Gloucester Daily Times recently highlighted  the work being done by the MassCyberCenter to help protect and prepare governments and business against potential cyber threats. The piece celebrates New Bedford’s handling of a recent ransomware attack while noting that cities and towns have to take steps to make sure they don’t fall victim to similar attacks.

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette Highlights Municipal Cyber Resiliency

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette recently interviewed MassCyberCenter director Stephanie Helm and municipal leaders across Central Mass. for Sunday cover story focused on municipal cybersecurity.

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CISA: Potential Hurricane Dorian Cyber Scams

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an announcement warning users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity targeting Hurricane Dorian disaster victims and potential donors.

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CISA, MS-ISAC, NGA & NASCIO Recommend Immediate Action to Safeguard Against Ransomware Attacks

Take the First Three Steps to Resilience Against Ransomware for State and Local Partners

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Cybersecurity News Roundup: Spring 2019

A recap of news and updates from the Commonwealth's world-class cybersecurity sector. 

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