State leaders say Louisiana’s cyber security response is blueprint for nation

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Louisiana has a new focus on cyber security.

“Is this important? Well yes, it’s more important than ever,” Dustin Glover, the state’s Chief Information Security Officer, said.

He helped the state deal with ransomware attacks on several school systems last summer.
Several months later, state agency computers were hit, causing the Office of Motor Vehicles to shut down for a week. Then, local governments, including the City of New Orleans, were attacked, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Glover said the state’s response to all of these attacks is now a blueprint across the country.

Glover said, “We’re trying to make this as super collaborative as possible with the ultimate goal to benefit the state of Louisiana and whatever other state wants to use us as a blueprint, fantastic.”

A form of the malware that was used to attack the state could also attack your devices, but there are three things you can do to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Experts say never click on links in emails, never open the attachments, and do not give out personal information.

Glover said that advice is a win as Louisiana moves forward to become a cyber security global leader.

“This entire process, all it’s doing is making Louisiana stronger,” Glover said.

Glover said the report on last fall’s cyber attack on state agency computers should be finished by the end of March.

The Department of Homeland Security has a list of things you can do to protect yourself from a cyber attack.

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