More than ever, cyberthieves are targeting Ohio’s local governments and tax dollars with great sophistication. The Auditor of State's Office wants to help public employees fortify their governments to shield themselves from digital threats and fend off cyberattacks.

Fighting cybercrime

The Auditor's office has created a 90-minute video that follows our popular training sessions. The video presents information on preventing and dealing with a cyberattack, should it happen. To watch the video, click the image above.

In 2016, the Auditor's office urged fiscal personnel at local governments across Ohio to be on high alert for cybercrimes targeting tax dollars. The warning was prompted by an increase in reported attacks at several governments, including school districts, counties and townships.

Many of the attacks were carried out using a practice known as "phishing" – sending email containing either a link or an attachment that, when opened, infects computers or entices the recipient to share account information and passwords. Some of the attachments launch viruses that essentially take data hostage until a ransom is paid.

In early 2017 the Auditor's office launched training sessions in eight communities throughout Ohio, geared toward helping government officials prevent and deal with cyber attacks. The response from attendees of these trainings was overwhelmingly positive and there were requests from attendees to offer the training as an on-demand video allowing more people to be trained.