BRAINTREE — Massachusetts National Guard specialists have briefed city officials on cybersecurity.

The briefing, held at the Braintree National Guard Armory, was hosted by State Senator Walter Timilty, D-Milton, who is the Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Legislature.

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The National Guard has become a first responder to cyberattacks in recent years. Timilty said that by engaging the ranger’s cybersecurity team, municipalities will be better able to defend against attacks.

“We’ve seen cities and towns, as well as other government agencies, hit very recently by malicious hackers,” Timilty said. “I hope that by introducing city and town leaders to the Massachusetts National Guard cyber team, we can eliminate the risk of dangerous and costly cyberattacks.”

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Adjutant General Gary W. Keefe welcomed participants to the session. Lt. Col. Karmin Ng, Director of Information for the Guard, described the cybersecurity services offered by the Guard.

Officials from the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Senate District in Timilty were invited to attend the programme, which was held on Wednesday. Attendees included selected board and city council members, city administrators, school superintendents and chief information officers.

The district is made up of Avon, Braintree, Canton, Easton, East Bridgewater, Milton, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton and West Bridgewater.


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