Borough wifi is working. Access to work email is expected today for personnel in charge of critical services as the Matanuska-Susitna Borough continues to recover from a debilitating cyber attack.
Borough IT Director Eric Wyatt has been managing the crisis with teams of IT experts both employees and consultants and a former employee who returned to help. The group of 20 or more meets twice a day to give status updates and to whittle down the list of growing critical communication needs for citizens and employees.
On Tues., the FBI cyber crimes unit met with the Borough to gather Borough forensic evidence to compare it with evidence collected at other incidents across the nation.
“The Borough internet infrastructure defends millions of these attacks sometimes daily,” Wyatt said. “In defending these types of things we need to be right every time. The attackers need to be right only once,” said Wyatt, as he met with several reporters throughout the day Thursday.
The Borough is participating in teleconferences with the federal government, state, and a municipality to share information to help others protect against infection. The Borough already met with the School District.
At all times E-911 calls have been fully operational and are not at risk.
The main number for the Borough is (907) 861-7879.
Here’s some progress for Friday, July 27.
IT teams are working through the weekend to secure data and restore services.
For more information contact Public Affairs Director Patty Sullivan at (907) 861-8577 or (907) 355-0103.