Scams are more sophisticated, but strategies can combat cyber criminals

“Municipalities are more and more of a target for cyber criminals,” said Nick Machovec, who works with municipal and business clients on cyber-related insurance for Molyneaux, an insurance agency in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

That could be because public agencies operate on tight budgets, are understaffed, or may not have enough funds to mount costly defenses to system breaches, Machovec said.

Since January 2020, the Iowa Auditor’s Office has issued four advisories to governmental entities alerting them to potential illegal activity. Three urged municipalities to be wary of fake emails. In January 2020, the Auditor’s Office warned “several entities” had experienced attempts at cyber attacks, and described situations similar to the Quad-Cities scams. In Iowa, government entities are required to notify the Auditor’s Office of fraud, misuse of public…

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