As part of the state of North Carolina's efforts to increase awareness to growing threats, State Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson will hold a high-level cybersecurity briefing via WebEx from 4:30-5 p.m. on Jan. 16. She will also share with county and city officials how the state can support their organizations and discuss critical points to be mindful of.
Amid heightened concerns of cyberattacks, the N.C. Department of Information Technology strongly recommends local governments and agencies be vigilant of threats associated with phishing emails, ransomware, unauthorized access, data tampering and deletion, and denial of service attacks, among others.
These attacks could materialize either directly or indirectly through trusted partners.
Now is the time to review security controls and protocols as well as prioritize and address any concerns to make systems and supporting infrastructures more resilient. This includes any external or remote connections to business partners. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency has released an advisory with recommended actions. (Download the advisory here.)
NCDIT provides direct support to county and municipal governments across North Carolina to help them prevent and mitigate the effects of reported cyberattacks at the local level. (Learn more at https://it.nc.gov/cybersecurity.)
Finally, local governments and agencies are reminded that they should report cybersecurity incidents immediately to the N.C. Emergency Management 24-Hour Operations Center by calling 919-799-3300 or through the Statewide Cybersecurity Incident Report Form.