APR 20, 2020 | US
Tech Groups Push Congress to Send States Cyber Funding
The Hill, April 20, 2020
By Maggie Miller and Chris Mills Rodrigo
A coalition of major tech groups, including BSA, demanded that Congress send funds to state and local governments to defend against cyberattacks as part of the next coronavirus stimulus bill.
“The rise in malicious cyberattacks targeting State and local entities, combined with the chronic lack of workforce, patchwork legacy systems, under-sourced cybersecurity and IT services, and uneven federal assistance creates a greater risk of system failures that interrupts services on which State and local populations depend,” the groups wrote.
The groups pointed to particular concerns around the uptick in ransomware attacks over the past year on state and local government groups, with hackers locking up systems and demanding payment.
These types of attacks have brought the governments of Baltimore, Atlanta, and New Orleans to their knees in the past two years, along with small governments, libraries, and school districts nationwide.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.