2020 Winner Profile

City of Gainesville / Gainesville Regional Utilities

Walter Banks

COMPANY WHERE WON: City of Gainesville / Gainesville Regional Utilities

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Ransomware attacks are on the rise in Florida and municipalities are especially vulnerable. Gainesville’s CIO used the experiences of the recently affected municipalities as a platform to decrease vulnerability and promote cybersecurity awareness throughout the city’s user base. The City of Gainesville developed a program to educate employees on the ways hackers access corporate systems and exploit lax security practices. This program included a review of strategy, technical security and an awareness campaign. Staff education was identified as the most critical component to this initiative.

INDUSTRY: Government