New Orleans tech chief says city continues to recover after cyberattack, though coronavirus has …

If you’re looking for justification for investing in cyber resilience, here’s a salutary tale from ‘The Big Easy’…:

Six months after a cyberattack shut down New Orleans’ government and exposed flaws in its computer systems, the city has mostly recovered even as the coronavirus pandemic delivers a new set of challenges, city officials said Tuesday.

City Hall officials have spent $4.2 million thus far to recover from a December ransomware attack, spending money on hundreds of new computers as well as upgraded software. All told, the city is about 80% recovered, according to Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Kim LaGrue, the city’s Chief Information Technology & Innovation Officer.

Still to come is the replacement of some older software — often a critical weakness targeted by hackers — and a few other projects.

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