Metro council members are taking the necessary steps to ensure cybersecurity safety following attacks nearby.
The council will meet Wednesday afternoon with Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS) to talk about entering into a $30,000 contract to provide network security monitoring as part of the city-parish cybersecurity strategy.
In a memo written from the Director of Information Services who reviews the technologies to protect the city-parish assets, says it can be difficult to monitor the amount of technology to protect a network the size of the city-parish.
Ransomware outbreaks at New Orleans, state government and various school systems throughout the state made the council want to protect their network.
“Everything with the state being compromised, New Orleans systems being compromised, we wanted to make sure that we are protected. Even with our current system of firewalls and antivirus, we wanted to make sure we had enough opportunity to cover us on a 24-hour basis,” says councilwoman Tara Wicker.
The contract will allow CIS to monitor the network traffic 24/7 and when a potential cyber incident is detected they will contact various members of the Information Services team.
Metro council will meet at 4 p.m. inside of City Hall