Bogota Increases Digital Security During COVID-19  

As the formidable threat of cybersecurity during a global pandemic loomed over most of the world’s municipal governments, Leading Cities launched AcceliGOV a global competition of cities to provide them with greater digital security. This competition offered municipalities around the world the chance to compete for a pre-paid pilot of a globally sourced, expert-vetted cybersecurity solution provided by Blacksands—selected from among 500 solutions in 43 countries.

The winner of Leading Cities’ 2020 AcceliGOV competition and the no-cost pilot of Blacksands’ solution is Bogota, Colombia. Leading Cities is proud to bring this exciting opportunity for cities to achieve efficient control over who is securely accessing municipal systems in order to create positive and productive change for cities everywhere.

“With cities becoming exponentially more vulnerable to cyber-attack due to increased remote work during this global pandemic, the Blacksands solution could not come at a better time to secure municipal governments quickly and effectively,” said Mike Lake, president and CEO of Leading Cities. “From an impressive group of finalists, Bogota demonstrated tremendous leadership and commitment to addressing this cyber threat in their community with a leading-edge solution.”

Blacksands offers simple, secure, scalable point-to-point encrypted connections to high value assets, digitally securing cities in minutes rather than months. Recognizing that a resilient city must be built on a foundation of security, Blacksands provides this service to all cities everywhere. As the champion of Leading Cities’ 2019 AcceliCITY competition, Blacksands provides the grand prize for AcceliGOV- protecting the winning municipality from cyberattacks with a free year-long pilot of their solution.

In addition to the grand prize, and as a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis, Blacksands offered all finalist cities a free 90-day trial of their cybersecurity solution. The five finalist cities of AcceliGOV for 2020 represented a diverse population of global cities from four different continents and five different countries: Bogota, Colombia; Bangalore, India; Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain; Jonesboro, USA; and Trikala, Greece.