The Nationwide Cyber Review (NCSR) opens October 2022 for government organizations to use as a self-assessment in determining the level of ‘maturity’ with regards to cybersecurity efforts and protections. The assessment closes in February 2023. 

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the Nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future. CISA seeks to help organizations better manage risk and increase resilience using all available resources.

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Local governments of all types need increased awareness of the operational impacts resulting from cyber-attacks to better prioritize cybersecurity strategies. With limited budgets, organizations need business continuity planning and operate through capabilities as advanced technologies require significant investment. Recovery time can last for weeks after an attack, increasing the importance of identifying and understanding critical functions before an attack happens. 

Often, free assessments from government agencies and vendors alike magnify technical gaps rather than highlighting how attacks impact people, processes, and technology. Colorado local governments need an impact analysis that delivers organizational and operational information usable by IT and Emergency Management departments, as well as elected officials. 

The NCC Cyber Impact Analysis helps local governments:

• Identify the critical operational areas that need enhanced protection and mitigation priority in the event of a cyber incident

• Determine how to use the inventory and impact analysis for efficient use in strategic and incident response planning

• Communicate priorities that can be easily translated across multiple departments and with senior government and political leadership

• The Cyber Impact Analysis does not require access to the organization’s network, involves interview-style questions and answer sessions, and is designed to be performed remotely.