Serious cyber attacks and incidents – the kind that have serious long-term consequences - are, thankfully, relatively rare in most state and local governments. That said, they’re not nearly as uncommon as would be ideal and, perhaps more problematically, they seem to be becoming more common. So how do these jurisdictions prepare for such events? Planning, preparedness, and “cyber hygiene” efforts are all valuable, but an important part of the toolkit for learning how to do those tasks more effectively, and for testing existing practices, is through the use of exercises and simulations.
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