How an Alaskan borough (roughly the size of West Virginia) was impacted by a Ransomware attack

by, Andrew Ysasi, MS

I had the pleasure of listening to Eric Wyatt speak at the ARMA Alaska Spring seminar earlier this month. Eric is the CIO for the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough in Alaska. Their struggle to recover from a ransomware attack is well documented, but more people need to hear his story. Like many CIO’s and IT leaders, he fought for an increase in his budget, preached security, and worked hard to serve the citizens of the borough. One less than one year ago, the Mat-Su Borough was hit with ransomware. After listening to Eric speak, I wanted to resurrect his story, and per his request continue to get the word out. Below are some links to some of the news of the Mat-Su attack. Hackers, FBI, impacted citizens, millions of dollars, heroes, and a ransom? It isn’t a movie, it is a reality that municipalities face across the globe.

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