MARION — Marion has been named the recipient of the 2022 Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program, City Administrator James McGrail and Chief Information Technology Officer Clark Gee announced.
Through this award, Marion will receive state-purchased and managed licenses for end-user training, assessment, and phishing simulation. The city plans to train and assess approximately 55 employees in cybersecurity and detecting and avoiding cyber threats.
“As we continue to rely more and more on technology for day-to-day activities, it’s important that we ensure everyone is able to recognize and avoid possible cyber threats,” Gee said. “Cyber threats can target anyone at any time, and making this training available to large numbers of employees across the city will help us stay digitally safe.”
McGrail joined Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Executive Office of Technology and Safety Services (EOTSS) Secretary Curt Wood and other city and school leaders from recipient communities at a March 8 ceremony at the hotel. of Haverhill town. At the ceremony, the 210 recipient municipalities and public school districts were recognized.
The Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program, offered by the Executive Office of Technology Services and the state Office of Municipal and School Technology Safety, supports the efforts of municipalities and school districts to improve overall cybersecurity.
“Cybersecurity is a growing issue that should not be ignored,” Polito said. “The Municipal Cyber Security Awareness Grants program is an important resource for local governments and public schools across the Commonwealth to tackle this issue head-on while increasing their resilience to cyber threats.”
The 2022 program will provide more than 57,000 employees from 210 Commonwealth municipalities and public school districts with cybersecurity training.