Courts must also be prepared for cyberattacks on court systems, such as denial of service and ransomware attacks on court case management systems, websites, and other critical information technology infrastructure. SJI supports projects that assist courts in preparing for, and responding to, these attacks, and share lessons-learned to courts across the United States.
Cybersecurity in the Courts
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is conducting an in-depth analysis at the state of cybersecurity in the state courts to further assess and map out readiness. NCSC has created a focus group of subject matter experts to prioritize cybersecurity needs and assessments. Further, NCSC will identify a cross section of courts by size and case volume for in-depth cybersecurity assessments. At least three sites will be assessed, using a combination of additional survey instruments, on-site assessment, and interviews. The results of the analysis will be used to provide updated reports and guidance to state courts and other key stakeholders. One such report, Actional Cybersecurity for Courts, has been developed and published to address courts with limited technology staff and there was a request for guidance considering cybersecurity incidents have increased during the pandemic.