Understanding the Basics of Cyber Risk

Learning Objectives

According to experts, local public entities are often explicitly targeted for cyber attacks due to their operations’ vulnerable and open nature. Cyber attacks, data theft, ransomware, spoofing, and phishing incidents are escalating in type, number, and creativity — with cyber criminals exploiting individuals as frequently as hardware and software systems’ technical vulnerabilities.

Fortunately, municipalities and public school staff don’t have to be cyber experts to implement an effective cyber risk management program; they need to be prepared and alert. With 63% of confirmed data breaches* involving weak, default, or stolen passwords, implementing basic password protocols and other cyber security policies is a significant step towards protecting your organization. Additionally, if an event occurs, having response protocols in place will significantly reduce the disruption to your operations.

This CIRMA risk management and education program guides attendees through cyber security practices and response planning fundamentals.

If you would like to schedule a regional or member-only training program, please contact your Risk Management Consultant. Training is provided to CIRMA members only.

Topics include:

  • System security readiness and response
  • Who to contact in the event of a breach
  • Testing the plan
  • System backup protocols
  • Cyber hacking — cybercrime
  • Best Practices to protect data: passwords and practices
  • Trends and emerging cyber threats

Cyber security is every employee’s responsibility. Developing cyber security awareness and good practices within your organization is crucial to defending against these threats.


This training and education program is designed for:

  • Municipal Leaders
  • IT Professionals
  • Police and Fire Chiefs
  • School Leaders
  • School Business Managers
  • HR Directors