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Cybersecurity for State and Local Governments: Protecting Public Infrastructure

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US citizens rely on state governments and local municipalities to provide a host of services—everything from access to public records, police protection, and education and welfare, to voting and election services, which allow citizens to participate in their democracy. As technology advances, so does the citizen-consumer’s demand for an increasing number of these services to be provided digitally. State and local governments have responded to the demands by increasingly modernizing digital access to the services they provide. While this digital transformation grants ease of access to citizens looking to engage state-funded online programs and services, it potentially increases vulnerabilities inherent to public-facing systems.