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Note to cities: Watch out for security gaps and hidden expenses as you acquire new IT systems

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Government purchasers need to be aware of the security concerns new technology can introduce into a network or system, says Jeffrey Jones, a national security and global trade attorney with the firm of Lowenstein Sandler LLP. “State and local governments are soft targets for ransomware actors and cyberattacks because smaller government entities often lack the resources to maintain adequate cybersecurity protections. A cybersecurity attack can take down a government system for weeks and can be extremely expensive to remedy.”

He adds that limited resources often constrain state and local governments, making the purchase of technology an especially tricky task. “A mistake made in a technology purchase cannot always be quickly remedied and may take a long time to recover from, because the money just may not be available to correct the error.”

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