Mark T. Koerner
On March 25, 2020 Governor Whitmer executed the state’s “stay-at-home” order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Following the implementation of that order, municipalities had to immediately redefine continuity plans in order to keep employees working and to keep municipalities running.
On June 1, 2020, Governor Whitmer executed Executive Order 2020-110, effectively lifting the “stay-at-home” order and allowing some employees to physically return to work; however, Executive Order 2020-110 states that “[a]ny work that is capable of being performed remotely must be performed remotely.” Thus, having employees remotely working is here to stay, at least for the time being.
Having remote employees dramatically increases a municipality’s cyberattack surface, or all of the vulnerable points where a municipality is susceptible to cyberattack...