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Cybersecurity firm Coronet has released a 2019 report of which cities have businesses that are vulnerable to cyber attacks, and Las Vegas has reached the top of its list for the second year in a row.

"Once again, the use of public Wi-Fi in hotels, restaurants and casinos, combined with the State of Nevada’s vastly underfunded cybersecurity budget, help propel Las Vegas to the distinction as America’s most cyber insecure city," the report said.

The report was created by analyzing 1 million devices and 24 million public and private networks across America's 50 largest cities, searching for vulnerabilities against things such as phishing attacks, malware, malicious Wi-Fi, and fake cellular networks. These vulnerabilities, the report said, opens businesses up to data loss, credential theft and ransomware.

"Most insecure devices are an easy target for attackers seeking to compromise or exfiltrate personal and business information and use it to their advantage," the report said.

According to report, Las Vegas businesses are three times more likely than average to not have updated anti-virus, and three times more likely to access cloud apps (such as Gmail, Office 365 or Dropbox) from both medium- and high-risk networks. These rates put Las Vegas above Houston and New York, the second- and third-most vulnerable cities.

Salt Lake City, on the other hand, is ranked as the least-vulnerable city.

The complete rankings of the 50 largest U.S. cities is below:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Houston
  3. New York
  4. Miami-Fort Lauderdale
  5. Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York
  6. West Palm Beach-Ft Pierce
  7. Hartford-New Haven
  8. Birmingham
  9. Indianapolis
  10. Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto
  11. Baltimore
  12. Los Angeles
  13. Charlotte
  14. Memphis
  15. Portland
  16. Raleigh-Durham
  17. Washington, DC-Hagrstwn
  18. Chicago
  19. Philadelphia
  20. Jacksonville
  21. Tampa-St Petersburg-Sarasota
  22. Boston
  23. Pittsburgh
  24. San Diego
  25. New Orleans
  26. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne
  27. Denver
  28. Dallas-Fort Worth
  29. Milwaukee
  30. Louisville
  31. Minneapolis-Saint Paul
  32. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News
  33. Nashville
  34. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem
  35. Detroit
  36. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek
  37. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
  38. Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville
  39. Kansas City
  40. Atlanta
  41. Cleveland-Akron
  42. Columbus, OH
  43. Cincinnati
  44. Oklahoma City
  45. Phoenix
  46. Albuquerque-Santa Fe
  47. Austin
  48. Seattle-Tacoma
  49. Saint Louis
  50. Salt Lake City

Coronet suggests that businesses conduct a risk assessment , take part in security awareness training, update their operating systems, strengthen their passwords, use two-factor authentication, and create an incident response plan.

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