A rise in cyber attacks on U.S. public sector targets so far has had little impact in the $3.8 trillion municipal debt market, with no issuer as yet hit by a downgrade or higher borrowing costs because of a cyber security threat.That is beginning to change. SP Global has begun to quiz states, cities and towns about their cyber defenses, and some credit analysts are starting to factor cyber security when they look at bonds. Moody’s Investors Service is also trying to figure out how to best evaluate cyber risk.The shift follows a particularly steep rise in ransomware attacks, when criminals hold an entity’s computer system hostage until a small ransom is paid.The number of global ransomware detections rose 36 percent in 2016 from the… Next »
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