Cobb County was victim of a cyber attack earlier this month.

Cobb government recovers from cyber attack

Cobb County government was the victim of a cyber attack on Nov. 2, it was revealed during the Nov. 28 meeting of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

The attack “impacted multiple desktops, laptops and servers throughout county departments,” Cobb Information Services Director Sharon A. Stanley and Cobb Support Services Agency Director Eddie Canon wrote in a Nov. 28 memo to County Manager Rob Hosack.

On Nov. 2, the attack was “sophisticated and required advanced cyber security expertise,” Stanley and Canon added.

Under emergency authority granted by the commissioners, Stanley and Canon said Hosack approved $60,000 for Cisco Incident Response Services “to recover from the virus attack and provide recommendations for security tools and services required to reduce future exposure to similar attacks.”

In January, the commissioners are expected to consider recommendations “to reduce further exposure and improve Cobb’s layered cyber security posture,” Stanley and Canon added.

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