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In today’s business world, planning for cyberattacks is essential. Major employers, government offices, healthcare systems, and utility infrastructure have all become cybercrime victims. Last year, U.S. businesses experienced cybercrime damage resulting in potential losses exceeding $6.9 billion, according to the FBI’s 2021 Internet Crime Report. Texas ranked second for the most money lost, with $606.2 million reported.

As we saw earlier this month, the threat of a devastating cybersecurity attack is also ever-present in Austin. On December 5, a ransomware attack targeted the Travis Central Appraisal District, shutting down its phone lines and an online chat system. Fortunately, this cyberattack did not affect taxpayer information or payments, but it took officials about a week to fully restore customer service operations.

In November, the Dallas Central Appraisal District faced a similar situation when ransomware shut down its website, servers, and email for more than two weeks. These cyberattacks show the vulnerability of our government systems and the importance of protecting the sensitive data they store.

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