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State & Local Government Data Security 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 with 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 Second, keeping data secure and ensuring operational continuity can be tricky and time-consuming with outdated cyber protection solutions and limited resources in terms of time, people, and funds.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 backup and recovery, imaging, data sharing, and cloud-based solutions provide the easy-to-use, affordable, and security-minded approach state and local governments need to thrive. With built-in anti-ransomware protection and unparalleled recovery flexibility, our two backup software options ensure, no matter the operating environment, critical data, systems, and constituent services remain up-and-running. One of those options, Acronis SCS Cyber Backup 12.5 Hardened Edition, is specifically designed to help organizations operating in air gapped, ‘no internet’ environments – like municipal utility services responsible for 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 multicast a master image to a hundred machines at once, whether that be a fleet of new police vehicles, a batch of public library computers, or new systems for onboarding employees. Our comprehensive suite of data sharing, cloud storage, and cloud security tools also make secure collaboration simple for state and local organizations of any size. Gone are the days when employees struggled to access, share, sync, and store files across seemingly incompatible operating systems. In are the days when seamless information sharing better serves constituents.

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