If You Pay Your Bills at Work, You May Be Putting Your Personal Information At Risk

In the aftermath of a ransomware attack, a borough government in Alaska informs employees that their personal information may have been compromised.

The personal information of local government employees may have been compromised in a ransomware attack on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough municipality north of Anchorage, Alaska.

As reported by Route Fifty, following a ransomware attack in which the attacker sought $400,000 payment in bitcoin, a municipal government in Alaska is now cautioning their employees that their personal information may have also been comprised in the attack if they used work computers to conduct personal business.

From Route Fifty:

The borough government is providing three years of credit monitoring for those affected by the malware attack, according to a letter from Borough Manager John Moosey. The Anchorage Daily News notes that although there isn’t any evidence that any personal information was indeed compromised, the action was taken under an abundance of caution.

For more information about this story, see After a Ransomware Attack, More Unwelcome News for Local Government Employees from Route Fifty.

At the MACo Winter Conference, Maryland’s Association of County Information Technology Officers will host a survey of contemporary issues in county IT – including cybersecurity.

Are We There Yet? How New Technology Is Driving Government Policy will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Resort in Cambridge, Maryland.

From wireless use to cloud-based computing, technology is not only driving cultural change, but also propelling government policy. As broadband, small cells, and 5G service raise standards for constituents and define economic development resources, cloud-computing expands possibilities for government, including information-sharing services, data-sourcing techniques, and telecommuting. However, these new technologies also expose governments to a new level of cyber-threat. Learn the basics, and hear more about the push for policy shifts in this survey of contemporary issues in county technology.

Session speakers will include: Mitsuko R. Herrera, ultraMontgomery Program Director, Montgomery County Office of Broadband Programs; David Swillum, Kronos Cloud Specialist, Public Sector Kronos Cloud; Joseph E. Klausner, Director, Technology Services, Calvert County; and Michael Tanenhaus, CEO, Mavenspire.

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference: