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Attorney General Todd Rokita is advising Indiana businesses and governmental organizations to take precautions to guard against cyber threats such as phishing attempts, malware attacks, and ransomware demands.

To gather information about the extent to which institutions are taking protective measures, Attorney General Rokita is sending out letters to hundreds of organizations asking them to go online to answer survey questions.

“Cyberattackers are relentless in their determination to steal data and generally cause mayhem,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We need to be even more steadfast in our commitment to beat them at their game and keep our systems safe.”

Attorney General Rokita chairs the Legal and Insurance Working Group of the Indiana Executive Cybersecurity Council (IECC). In 2020, the IECC’s Legal and Insurance Working Group collaborated with Indiana University and University of Arizona to circulate a cyber survey to Indiana local governments, schools and businesses. The result of that survey was the 2020 State of Hoosier Cybersecurity Report.

The same entities are partnering once again to do a follow-up survey.

“Among other things,” Attorney General Rokita said, “we want to learn whether Hoosier organizations are giving more attention to safeguards in a post-Covid environment in which work-from-home has become a standard operating procedure. We aim to continue identifying barriers that prevent effective cyber risk planning, and we want to do everything we can do in our own capacities to enable and encourage organizations to implement effective cyber risk planning.”

The 2020 State of Hoosier Cybersecurity Report is attached.

A headshot of Attorney General Rokita is available online.

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