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Henderson uses Homeland Security grant for cybersecurity

Posted at 6:12 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 21:12:07-04

Henderson is using a Department of Homeland Security grant to augment the city’s cybersecurity program by enhancing the monitoring of its presence on the internet and the darknet.
The city has strategies in place to prevent hacking and procedures that can be activated if a cyber-attack occurs, but another part of the overall cybersecurity program is monitoring the city’s footprint on the internet and darknet –- a part of the internet used for criminal activity -– to identify risk factors.
The city used the $63,000 Department of Homeland Security grant to purchase a security service that will monitor for any city activity on the internet or on the darknet, as well as monitor the activity of city vendors or partners. The city is extending the monitoring service to vendors and partners as those businesses often handle customer data.
The city will also be enhancing its ability to track changes made to its data. This will help identify unusual behavior that could be a sign of hacking activities.