MADISON, Alabama (WAFF) – Every day more and more of our work and our lives move online, especially in light of the pandemic.
This is why all cities have to work hard to stay protected against potential hackers. Even with the best software system, a hacker can obtain business information through something as simple as someone clicking on an email.
That is why advances in education and technology are so important.
Both the mayors of Madison and Huntsville tell us that training employees is a critical part of the process.
You may recall that $ 300,000 is the amount that the city of Florence had to fork out to hackers in May after a cyberattack.
“We’ve been investing more because of attacks like this, or because of fear of cyber attacks like this,” said Paul Finley, Mayor of Madison. “It is never guaranteed, we all know that, but what we are doing is doing everything possible to minimize the possibility of an intrusion”
Finley says the city allocated a fifth of its capital budget for IT advancements. Essentially, the city is getting a software makeover that costs $ 200,000.
Finley says it was time to make some major improvements.
“A computer right now, in two or three years, it’s time to buy another. I don’t think that will change in many cases when it comes to the hardware and software needed to run a city and the city’s infrastructure, “said Finley.
Mayor Battle says the city’s annual budget allows for improvements in cybersecurity software.
“It seems that every year we increase the levels of protection around our system,” said Battle.
Both Mayor Finley and Mayor Battle agree that educating city employees is extremely important.
“Any plan has fallacies, any plan can be defeated. It requires human interaction, human responsibility. It is very important that we are all safe and that we all educate ourselves on how to avoid being hacked. All people have that potential, ”said Battle.