30 Issues: Why You Should Care About ... Cybersecurity

September 24, 2012

Sean Corcoran

The town of Sandwich on Cape Cod is on the map for tourists. But for international cyber attacks?

Three years ago, hackers from Russia broke into the Sandwich computer network to steal more than $30,000 through wire transfers.

"Something happened many years ago and the town was able to immediately step in," said assistant town manager Doug Lapp.

Lapp said Sandwich officials significantly beefed up security and hired a full-time information technology director after the theft. But Lapp said cities and towns aren't required to to protect their network infrastructures. They just do the best they can.

"Some towns have IT staff," he said, "some towns have more IT staff, some towns don't have any at all. Some have what they call I-nets, you know, fiber optic cables that connect buildings, some towns don't. So it varies a lot from town to town, depending on the size and the budget."

Cybercrimes are on the uptick far beyond Sandwich. They impact more than 500 million people every year. And they're not just affecting consumers.

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