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"If You Connect IT. Protect IT"

Internet-Connected Devices or the “Internet of Things (IoT)

Devices connected to the IoT include routers, printers, thermostats, refrigerators, webcams and home automation hubs powered by artificial intelligence, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. There are also smart locks, smartwatches and many more gadgets that we keep at home, carry or even wear. If an internet-connected device performs a non-critical function, why does it need any cyber security at all? Put differently, are security measures necessary only when a device might cause harm if it is hacked? Why would you still want to secure something like a garage door opener?

Because any IoT device can be the target of a hacker, and any hacked device can be weaponized.

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"If You Connect IT. Protect IT"

Cybersecurity Is Our Shared Responsibility

Each October, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) serves as a co-host with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, and the
National Cybersecurity Alliance in promoting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is an increasingly safe, more resilient, and persistent source of opportunity and growth for years to come.

Protecting against cyber threats is a critical challenge for organizations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors. These threats serve as a constant reminder for the need to promote cybersecurity awareness
across the United States. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 (NCSAM) highlights the importance of "If You Connect IT, Protect IT." 

Citizens, businesses, government and schools all play a vital role to improve our nation’s collective cybersecurity preparedness. As recent events have demonstrated, we live, work, and play in an even more connected world. Our increased reliance on a remote environment reminds us that being more secure online is a shared responsibility. Creating a safer cyber environment requires engagement from the entire American community.

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Information on Tyler's Security Incident Response

Steps Our Clients Should TakeBecause we have received reports of several suspicious logins to client systems, we believe precautionary password resets should be implemented. If clients haven't already done so, we strongly recommend that you reset passwords on your remote network access for Tyler staff and the credentials that Tyler personnel would use to access your applications, if applicable.

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Local governments continue to be the biggest target for ransomware attacks

The average payment in the past 12 months being $1,652,666. This can be especially devastating to municipal targets: All of those who were attacked and paid out were in areas with less than 50,000 people who simply didn't have the resources to manually recover from an attack.  Click here to read full article.

Source: TechRepublic