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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program Awards

 Baker-Polito Administration Announces Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program Awards

44,000 employees from 107 local government organizations including municipalities and public school districts will receive cybersecurity awareness training to better detect and avoid cyber threats 

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the second round of award recipients for the Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program. Over 44,000 municipal and public school employees from 107 local government organizations across the Commonwealth will receive critical training to better detect and avoid cyber threats.

Identified by the National Governors Association (NGA) as “the single most effective factor in preventing security breaches and data losses,” this critical cybersecurity awareness training will provide online end-user training and cyber threat simulations to further educate municipal and public school employees participating in the program. The grant program is managed by the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) and is funded with $250,000 of capital IT authorizations from Governor Baker’s General Governmental Bond Bill, which the Legislature passed into law in 2020 to invest in Commonwealth cybersecurity and IT infrastructure modernization initiatives.

“Cyber threats continue to evolve, making cyber awareness training an essential tool for municipalities and public schools in the Commonwealth to equip their employees with the knowledge on how to avoid the potentially costly missteps of falling prey to cyber attacks,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We will continue to seek out opportunities to improve the cybersecurity posture of the Commonwealth and its communities.”

“Participation in these cyber awareness grants is a great way for municipalities to best protect their IT and data assets from cyber threats without having to divert resources away from other important government services,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are pleased to collaborate with our partners in local government to best protect the communities we serve.”

Building off of the first-ever Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program announced at the end of 2019, this new grant round will provide updated training for both municipalities and school districts who participated in the previous round as well as those new to the program. The online training materials provided to municipal and public school employees includes a variety of cybersecurity attack simulations that reflect malicious luring techniques commonly used by cyber criminals to gain access to IT systems and data:

  • Email phishing attacks
  • ‘Smishing’ SMS attacks
  • USB drop attacks
  • Link-based, attachment-based, and data-entry attacks

“In addition to providing training to the Commonwealth’s state workforce, we are thrilled to extend this vital training to our partners in local government,” said Secretary of Technology Services and Security Curt Wood. “Building a culture of cyber awareness, local governments can grow their security teams to be the responsibility of all employees.”

Map and List of Award Recipients:

Community

Organization(s)

School District (if applicable)

Employees to Receive Cyber Training

Acushnet

Town and School

Acushnet Public Schools

175

Amesbury

Town and School

Amesbury Public School

700

Amherst

Town only

350

Andover

Town and School

Andover Public Schools

1000

Ashland

Town and School

Ashland Public School

750

Attleboro

Town only

250

Auburn

Town only

135

Barnstable

Town only

155

Bellingham

Town only

50

Berlin

Town only

80

Blandford

Town only

1

Bourne

School only

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School

120

Braintree

Town and School

Town of Braintree

1200

Burlington

Town and School

Burlington Public Schools

500

Byfield

School only

Triton Regional School District

60

Charlton

Town only

213

Chatham

Town only

140

Chelmsford

School only

Chelmsford Public Schools

941

Chelmsford

Town only

200

Cohasset

Town and School

Cohasset

550

Concord

Town only

410

Danvers

Town and School

Danvers Public Schools

400

Dartmouth

Town only

200

Dartmouth

School Only

Dartmouth Public Schools

15

Dedham

Town and School

Dedham Schools

1000

Dennis

Town only

175

Dighton

Town only

73

Dighton

School only

Bristol County Agricultural High School

81

Douglas

Town and School

Douglas Public Schools

280

Dover

Town only

25

Dracut

Town only

190

Dudley

Town only

30

Duxbury

Town and School

Duxbury Public Schools

770

East Bridgewater

Town and School

East Bridgewater Public Schools

140

Easthampton

Town Only

70

Edgartown

Town only

100

Falmouth

Town and School

Falmouth Public Schools

997

Foxborough

Town and School

Foxborough Public Schools

700

Gloucester

Town only

400

Greenfield

Town and School

Greenfield Public Schools

180

Halifax

Town only

300

Hanover

School only

South Shore Regional Vocational Technical School District

150

Hanover

School only

Hanover Public Schools

560

Hanson

Town only

115

Holbrook

Town only

110

Holden

Town only

180

Lakeville

Town and School

Freetown-Lakeville RSD

60

Lancaster

Town only

97

Lawrence

Town only

600

Littleton

Town only

130

Longmeadow

Town and School

Longmeadow Public Schools

1120

Lowell

Town and School

Lowell Public Schools

4000

Ludlow

Town only

150

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Town only

100

Marblehead

Town and School

Marblehead Public Schools

130

Maynard

Town and School

Maynard Public Schools

200

Medfield

Town and School

Medfield Public Schools

500

Medway

Town only

150

Melrose

Town and School

Melrose Public Schools

600

Methuen

Town only

275

Middleborough

Town only

100

Middleton

Town only

45

Milford

Town only

250

Milton

Town only

200

Nantucket

Town and School

Nantucket Public Schools

500

Natick

School only

Natick Public Schools

1000

Needham

Town only

300

New Bedford

Town and School

New Bedford Public School

3500

Newbury

Town only

50

Newton

Town only

830

Norfolk

Town and School

Norfolk Public Schools

117

North Adams

Town only

90

North Andover

Town only

250

North Attleborough

Town and School

North Attleborough School

800

North Reading

Town and School

North Reading Public Schools

350

Northampton

Town and School

Northampton Public Schools

800

Norton

Town and School

Norton Public Schools

400

Norwell

Town only

100

Orleans

Town only

130

Peabody

Town only

160

Pittsfield

Town only

475

Plymouth

Town only

225

Provincetown

Town and School

Provincetown Schools

250

Reading

Town and School

Reading Public School

1300

Rochester

School only

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School

110

Rockland

Town only

100

Sandwich

Town and School

Sandwich Public Schools

180

Scituate

Town only

200

Scituate

School only

Scituate Public Schools

500

Somerset

Town only

50

Southbridge

Town only

120

Southwick

Town only

132

Southwick

School only

Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District

275

Sutton

Town and School

Sutton Public Schools

280

Tewksbury

Town and School

Tewksbury Public Schools

800

Truro

Town only

20

Tyngsborough

School only

Greater Lowell Technical High School

350

Wales

Town only

75

Ware

Town only

55

Wareham

Town and School

Wareham Public Schools

550

Wellesley

School only

Wellesley Public Schools

100

West Springfield

Town and School

West Springfield Public Schools

1140

Westfield

Town and School

Westfield Public Schools

1700

Westhampton

Town only

8

Wilmington

Town and School

Wilmington Public Schools

235

Worcester

Town only

1600

Wrentham

Town only

17

 

For more information on the Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program, visit the grant homepage.

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