America’s Most Cyber-Insecure Cities

Morgan O'Rourke


February 3, 2020

Cloud security provider Coronet recently analyzed the cyberthreats faced by small- and mid-market businesses in U.S. cities, and found Las Vegas to be the least cybersecure city in the nation. The company looked at data from more than 93 million security events and evaluated the potential damage that attackers could cause and the existing vulnerabilities of endpoint devices and Wi-Fi and cellular networks in the 50 largest U.S. cities. Together, these cities account for almost 70% of the country’s population. Rounding out the top five most insecure cities were Houston, New York, Miami-Fort Lauderdale and the Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York metro area. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the five least vulnerable cities were Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Seattle-Tacoma, Austin and Albuquerque-Santa Fe.

“It’s not surprising that business destinations like Las Vegas and New York are relatively more vulnerable given the density and attractiveness to attackers,” said Guy Moskowitz, Coronet founder and CEO. “Increasingly, small- and mid-sized businesses are being targeted by criminals who see them as easier strike targets. It is our hope that this research will help demonstrate the risks present in different markets and encourage small businesses to take a more proactive stance towards improving their cybersecurity posture.”

Morgan O’Rourke is editor in chief of Risk Management and director of publications for the Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)