“No anticipated data loss” Governor Edwards details state cybersecurity threat

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Monday afternoon Governor John Bel Edwards released a series of tweets detailing the cybersecurity threat that affected multiple state websites and offices.

He stated that the Office of Technology Services ‘initiated its security protocols and, out of an abundance of caution, took state servers down, which impacted many state agencies’ e-mail, websites and other online applications.’

The governor added that ‘online services started to come back online this afternoon, though full restoration may take several days.’

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne released a statement late Monday afternoon saying, “No one is immune to these attempted cyber attacks, which is why Governor Edwards’ has focused on building Louisiana’s cybersecurity capabilities.”

“Our experts train and prepare for these types of incidents and have been successful in mitigating similar issues in the past, including this summer when our teams successfully brought services back online following the cyber attack on local schools. We have confidence in our cyber safeguards, capabilities and personnel and we are working to bring as many online services back online as quickly as we can.”

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