State Grant Will Help Henderson, Nev., Better Defend Against Cyberattacks

The money will be used to create a step-by-step response plan should the city's online infrastructure experience a breach, and to further train city and state employees so they know their roles if a cyber incident occurs.

by Ricardo Torres-Cortez, Las Vegas Sun / September 14, 2016

(TNS) -- With the aim of being better prepared in case of a cyberattack, Henderson is beefing up its response system thanks to a $134,000 grant from the state, city officials announced today.

Also according to the city:

The money will be used to create a step-by-step response plan in case the city's online infrastructure is attacked. Funds will also be used to further train city and state employees so they know their roles if a cyber incident occurs.

In a statement, Henderson Chief Information Officer Laura Fucci, who is also the director of the city’s Department of Information Technology, said: “Cyber incidents aren’t just a threat to companies. Nevada and its communities must have a strong plan in place should an incident occur that threatens our digital security."

Henderson already has a plan in place to prevent and fend off hacking and cyberattacks, but the updated system should "streamline and optimize" the response.

The response plan's development — which aims to quickly identify the threat while assigning roles to city employees while implementing policies, procedures and protocols — will commence next month with the help of third-party vendors and is scheduled to be completed within a year.

Officials said the plan will become a template that will be used by other agencies.

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