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State & Local Government Cyber Protection Needs

In recent years, state and local governments have suffered a continuous spate of highly publicized cyberattacks against targets as varied as local police departments and court offices to school districts. Between 2013 and April 2019, at least 169 ransomware attacks occurred against American county, city, and state targets, including two dozen against US municipalities in the first half of 2019 alone. Since 2013, all US states except one have reported a ransomware attack, with many suffering multiple. These public figures represent just the tip of the proverbial ransomware iceberg.

In addition to addressing this worrying trend, state and local governments must also contend with the difficulty of maximizing productivity and cyber protection across their enterprise’s various offices and departments with only small IT staffs and budgets. First up, productivity. With traditional imaging methods, state and local governments often waste hours upon hours provisioning new systems (a fleet of police cars, for example) or refreshing old ones (say, wiping public library computers at the end of the day or providing technical updates en masse). Second, keeping data secure and ensuring operational continuity can be tricky and time-consuming with outdated cyber protection solutions and limited resources in terms of time, people, and funds.

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How Acronis SCS Provides the Answers

Acronis SCS’s cyber protection, backup and recovery, imaging, and content management solutions are easy-to-use, affordable, and security-minded. Acronis SCS Cyber Protect – available on-prem or in the cloud, our comprehensive endpoint protection software with backup, anti-malware, and recovery features all rolled into one – is the solution state and local governments need to protect all their endpoints in a single user-friendly management console. If backup and disaster recovery are your only needs, our two backup software solutions with anti-ransomware protection ensure, no matter the operating environment, critical data, systems, and constituent services remain up-and-running. Our hardened backup is specifically designed to help organizations operating in air gapped, ‘no internet’ environments – like public utilities running power and water SCADA systems – maintain operational assurance. 

In addition, Acronis SCS Snap Deploy is designed to take the time-consuming headache out of systems provisioning. With flexible licensing options available for our award-winning technology, IT personnel can perform rapid bare metal deployments and easy-to-schedule zero physical touch redeployments to a large number of devices or servers – even those with dissimilar hardware – in one go, whether that be a fleet of police vehicles, a batch of public library computers, or employee laptops. Our data sharing tools also make secure collaboration simple for state and local organizations of any size.

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