New Mexico IT Department Asks For More Staff

The New Mexico IT department hopes to hire more cybersecurity experts to deal with increased and complex needs.

The department is missing nearly a quarter of its workforce. With increasingly complicated and prominent technology needs, the department’s acting secretary wants lawmakers to set aside more money to pay for additional positions at the agency

Recent Increase in Nationwide Small Government Attacks

New Mexico’s need for IT staff comes during a recent trend noted by cybersecurity experts indicating a rapid rise in cyberattacks targeted against small governments and cities.

As reported on by Infosecurity Magazine, nearly half of all ransomware attacks target municipalities.

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) lists five key reasons these organizations are targeted including:

  1. Large number of local governments
  2. Holders of sensitive information
  3. Inadequate cybersecurity
  4. Financial constraints
  5. Use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology

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