Thinking Locally, Targeted Globally: New Security Challenges for State and Local Governments

In the new era of cyber warfare, states, cities, and towns are directly in the cross hairs. A new breed of cyber attacks is targeting critical infrastructure, key services, and personal data on public employees and citizens. As a result, cyber security has never been so critical for state and local governments. But in a recent survey, 44 percent of federal, state, and local government IT workers said their infrastructure was not prepared for cyber attacks.1 Read this white paper to learn why traditional defenses have not kept pace with advanced attackers, and how state and local governments can better defend their data and critical infrastructure.

In this paper you will learn:

  • Why state and local governments are targets for advanced persistent threats (APTs)
  • Why traditional tools fail to detect and stop advanced attacks
  • How to combat against advanced attacks
  • Why state and local governments are choosing FireEye


U.S. officials, including President Barak Obama, have grown increasingly alarmed by the threat of attacks against state and municipal governments. In an editorial urging congress to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, a law designed to strengthen cyber defense, Obama warned that “computer systems in critical sectors of our economy are being increasingly targeted.”

“The lack of clean water or functioning hospitals could spark a public health emergency,” he wrote. “And as we've seen in past blackouts, the loss of electricity can bring businesses, cities, and entire regions to a standstill.”2

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1 Consero Group. “2013 Government IT Data Survey.” April 2013.

2 Barak Obama (The Wall Street Journal). “Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously.” July 2012.

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