Local governments in Oregon say they need more help to protect themselves against cybersecurity attacks. Some cities around the country, including in Oregon, have been victims of sophisticated ransomware attacks that can be costly and time-consuming.

Brenda Wilson, the executive director of the Lane Council of Governments, told the Oregon legislature’s Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology on Tuesday that many local governments don’t even know where to begin when it comes to protecting themselves.

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“For most small cities, small public agencies, even big ones, they just don’t know where to start,” she said. “They don’t know what questions to ask.”

In addition to training opportunities, local governments say more funding is needed to fend off cyber-criminals. The city of Eugene earlier this year said it needs $3.4 million dollars for security software and system upgrades.

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