It is often forgotten that North American rural communities have the same cybersecurity challenges as large cities. Cyber-attacks, most frequently in the form of ransomware, made big headlines when they affected cities like Atlanta and Baltimore. The Atlanta attack, for example, disrupted many key city services. Various sources report the total cost of that attack at between $12 million and $17 million. While attacks on large US cities have had significant financial and operational impact, these same kinds of attacks, on a much smaller scale, can have a much more significant impact on smaller, more rural communities.