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may not ever correct. Systems are in place to corrupt your data if attempts
are made to retrieve the data and to avoid paying the ransom. In layman's
terms, they inform you that a lock has been placed on the main door and
you will need to purchase the key from them as the lock cannot be picked.
If adequate backups and protection systems were not already in place, it
is too late and you probably cannot avoid purchasing Bitcoin and paying
ransomware to retrieve your data.
From a recent article on wired.com, "The City of Atlanta spent more than
$2.6 million on emergency efforts to respond to a ransomware attack that
destabilized municipal operations in March. Attackers, who infected the
city's systems with the pernicious SamSam malware, asked for a ransom
of roughly $50,000 worth of bitcoin."
It's fairly easy to protect highly visible equipment like fire trucks and
motor graders. These are large ticket items and not hard to overlook.
They are insured for damage, require fuel, regular maintenance and
are replaced as they wear out. They may get damaged and if they
are stolen, an insurance claim is made and they are repaired and/or
replaced. Collectively, your information technology infrastructure could
be as expensive as a fire truck and when it goes down as a result of a
hacker or cybersecurity breach, your county operations can come to a
halt-leaving you looking for someone internally or externally to handle
your emergency.
Information technology systems like computers, servers, printers, and
telephone systems are often spread throughout county offices and repaired
or replaced individually as problems arise. Every computer and device
connected to your network provides an opportunity for hackers to enter
your system and to possibly ransom and/or steal your data. The technology
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industry is constantly changing so integrated and updated IT systems
are required for adequate protection and to maintain operations. With
limited resources, counties are sometimes at a disadvantage in evaluating
and selecting integrated information technology services from desktop
and server support, to maintenance and planning, to backup systems to
cybersecurity and disaster recovery.
Many ACCG members operate with smaller staffs and often lack the
depth of knowledge required to protect their computer systems from
unwanted intrusion, public embarrassment and unnecessary cost.
Your Information Technology protection services should monitor and
protect all of your computer equipment and software. In monitoring the
health and daily use of your computers, you should know when each
one should be replaced and should develop a moving five-year plan for
budgeting purposes. Just as we know when to replace fire trucks and
law enforcement vehicles, we should know when to upgrade and replace
our IT equipment.
Successful local government starts with planning for the future. Ensure
that you have an integrated computer protection and backup system
in place for your existing information technology and make sure your
information technology assets are always ready when you need them.
Place adequate locks on your doors and don't put yourself in the position
where you have to use taxpayer dollars to purchase keys with Bitcoin.
Are your doors locked?
Look to ACCG's Information Technology Services to protect your
local government from unwanted intrusion, public embarrassment
and unnecessary cost. For questions or more information, contact
Brent Williams (bwilliams@accg.org).
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide

ACCG District Map
ACCG Area Map
President’s Message
Director’s Desk
ACCG Board of Managers
ACCG Boards of Trustees and Directors
ACCG Staff
ACCG Insurance Programs
ACCG Technical Assistance
ACCG Equipment Leasing Program
ACCG Retirement Services
ACCG Partners Program Overview
Coast2Coast
Dude Solutions
Gas South
Georgia United Credit Union
GovDeals
Municode
U.S. Communities
ACCG Partners Alpha Listing
ACCG Partners Specialty Area Listing
Professional Directory Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Intro
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - cover1
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - cover2
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 3
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 4
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 5
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 6
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 7
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG District Map
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Area Map
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 10
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Director’s Desk
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Board of Managers
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 14
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 15
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 16
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Boards of Trustees and Directors
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Staff
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 19
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 20
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 21
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Insurance Programs
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 23
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Technical Assistance
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 25
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Equipment Leasing Program
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 27
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Retirement Services
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 29
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Partners Program Overview
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Coast2Coast
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 32
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 33
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Dude Solutions
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 35
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Gas South
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 37
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Georgia United Credit Union
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 39
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - GovDeals
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 41
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Municode
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 43
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - U.S. Communities
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 45
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 46
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Partners Alpha Listing
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 48
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 49
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 50
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - 51
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - ACCG Partners Specialty Area Listing
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Professional Directory Marketplace
Georgia County Government - 2018 Member Services Guide - Advertisers.com
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