The first Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit, an event for the Commonwealth’s 351 municipalities highlighting the importance of local cybersecurity, was held on October 7, 2021 during the first week of Massachusetts Cybersecurity Month.
This event brought together cybersecurity experts from state and federal organizations, and the private sector to give municipalities a better understanding of current cybersecurity issues and practical ideas for improving cybersecurity.
Highlighting the evolving federal policy and available security resources to support local initiatives, the Summit featured keynotes from Commonwealth and federal leadership, updates on cyber threat actors, an overview on the risks of ransomware, and a workshop to build a better cybersecurity program for local communities.
The Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit was created by the MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative and made possible through funding from an FFY2020 Department of Homeland Security State-Share Grant awarded in October 2020.
The Minimum Baseline of Cybersecurity is a framework for helping Massachusetts municipalities improve their cybersecurity posture and protect their municipality from cyberattacks using people, process, and technology. Visit this webpage for PDF downloads and video tutorials to learn the four goals of achieving a minimum baseline of cybersecurity in your municipality or organization.
The Passport of Resources was developed for the Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit and contains helpful links to resources referenced by the speakers during their presentations and panel discussions.
Recordings from the 2021 Summit sessions are provided below. To access them, choose the recording—labeled by session number and title—in the box in the upper left, then press the play button. A full listing of sessions and titles can be found on the Agenda.