Stories of cyber criminals attacking entire local and county government systems have become more and more common in the past year. Recent events include a cyberattack in Dallas that managed to set off all 156 emergency alarms in the city, a ransomware attack in Mecklenburg County that slowed the county government to a crawl, and another in Atlanta that knocked out critical systems, forcing many city workers to revert to paper. Local and county public health departments have come to rely more heavily on technology for performing essential services, such as disease surveillance, outbreak prevention, research, and emergency response. These recent cybersecurity incidents provide a rationale for including cyber events in all-hazards planning.
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