After attack, Indiana county will spend $220,000 on Ransomware recovery

Madison County paid the ransom, along with approval for three additional IT contracts to help with prevention a continuance

After a Ransomware attack on November 4, Madison County, Indiana will spend more than $200,000 to recover, which includes paying the ransom and securing additional IT contracts to help prevent future attacks and improve recovery and continuance efforts.

On Tuesday, Madison County Commissioners approved three contracts worth $198,180, which will provide off-site data storage, a backup court system, and protections against future infections, which also include Ransomware.

The county will work with U.S. Signal, a Midwest provider of network services, to accomplish many of their goals with regards to proactive defense and off-site storage.

During the November 4 attack, Madison County officials hired U.S. Signal for $17,500 to help bring infected systems back online after paying a $21,000 ransom on the advice of the county’s insurance carrier, Travelers Insurance.

In November, the director of Madison County’s IT Department, Lisa Cannon, said that county council cut her department’s budget by 56-percent and eliminated six positions four years ago, adding that the department “can’t do without any longer.”

Tuesday’s approval will go a long way towards putting things in order, but during her remarks in November’s meeting, Cannon reminded council members that her department needs support.

“We can’t be expected to operate as large as General Motors on a gas station budget. We need help and it’s going to take funds,” she said, according to reports from The Anderson Herald Bulletin.

Calling for the council to take action, Cannon added that her department needed “bodies and finances.”

“We can’t operate the IT Department on a shoestring budget,” she said.

The November attack affected 600 computers and 75 servers, forcing law enforcement to use pen and paper when processing inmate information at the local jail.

At the time, local media reported that officers on patrol had to contact other agencies in order to lookup a person’s criminal records.

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