Nearly one year ago, the city of Joplin was hit by a ransomware attack. Tonight at the informal portion of the Joplin city council meeting, we’ll get an update on how the city is protecting itself from another invasion. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
After the hacks were discovered in August of 2021, city manager Nick Edwards revealed that the city paid $320,000 to regain control of its computer networks.
Also, in September of last year, Joplin hired cyber security company Ravenii to an annual contract worth $197,000. Officials with the company will provide an updated vulnerability report, progress on backing up the city’s computers and networks, and a report about continuous monitoring and maintenance of Joplin’s systems.
Ravenii’s representative could also face some tough questions from newcomers to the Joplin city council who were elected this April, promising to provide more transparency in city government. The informal portion of the Joplin city council gets underway at 5:30.