Cyberattacks Increase On State Databases, Privacy At Risk


State governments are facing a daily barrage of cyberattacks from increasingly sophisticated computer hackers, reports Stateline. The hackers' rapidly changing tactics threaten the exposure of personal information of millions of citizens and can cost taxpayers millions of dollars to fix. “We see attacks on Texas' system to the tune of millions a month,” said Karen Robinson, Texas' state chief information officer. Although breaches of Texas' state computers are rare, the risks are high. They can result in the theft of citizens' Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver's license numbers and even personal and business financial information.

All states are facing a growing number of wide-ranging, quickly evolving attacks, according to a new report at the start of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and backed by the states. Despite the threat, state legislators often don't give their technology and security officials enough money to combat it, and states struggle to retain technologically savvy cybersecurity personnel. The report, from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the consulting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP, said the dangers of insufficient cybersecurity are high, not only for citizens whose personal information can be compromised, but for taxpayers and the public's trust in government.

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