Excerpt below from an article originally posted by Governing.com

There isn’t a great official data source available for cyberattacks on government in the U.S. But the data that is available — compiled from news reports by a few intrepid security researchers — shows a pretty clear picture: There’s been a dramatic spike in ransomware attacks on state and local government this year.

Also, that’s nothing new. Government has been experiencing a steady increase in all kinds of cyberattacks for some time now, and the preferred method of attack keeps evolving.

“We try to do a rolling number of total public safety and local government attacks that we’ve found in the past 24 months, and so we’ve watched that continually grow in the past three years,” said Aubrey Larson, a marketing manager at the cybersecurity firm SecuLore Solutions. “We’re now up to 394 … when I first started that number was like 100 in the past 24 months.”

There’s no central authority to which governments report cyberattacks, so the best way to collect nationwide data is through the media. Two cybersecurity firms in particular, SecuLore and Recorded Future, both keep tabs on the stories and produce data from them…..

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