Cybersecurity Awareness Training Funded for City Employees Statewide

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — A state grant will fund the training of more than 57,000 employees from 210 municipalities and public school districts with cybersecurity training to help recognize and avoid cyber threats.

To see the full list of winners, Click here.

The 2022 Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program was created to help local governments raise awareness of Internet dangers that can lead to security breaches, theft of data and personal information, and disruption of essential municipal and educational programs. Training includes online end-user training, threat assessment and simulation.

Communities that complete the program will receive end-user training, assessment, and phishing simulation licenses purchased by the Executive Office of Technology and Security Services. Demonstrated buy-in from the Community General Manager is a requirement for all program participants.

“Cybersecurity is a growing issue that should not be ignored,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The Municipal Cyber ​​Security Awareness Grants program is an important resource for local governments and public schools across the Commonwealth to tackle this issue head-on while increasing their resilience to cyber threats.”

Employee training programs are an important part of a comprehensive security program and establishing a culture of cybersecurity,” said Stephanie Helm, director of the MassCyberCenter at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “Congratulations to all the communities that have been selected for this program. These new grants will help each of you achieve the goals of the Minimum cybersecurity baseline for municipalities.”

To learn more about the Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program, Click here.

Find the full list of municipal cybersecurity and computer program offers from the Office of Municipal and School Technology (OMST) of the EOTSS.

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