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Board Passes Supervisor Hahn’s Motion to Address County Cyberattack Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2017
Contact: Liz Odendahl
lodendahl@bos.lacounty.gov
(213) 379-6301

Los Angeles, CA—Today, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Janice Hahn’s motion to study the County’s cybersecurity preparedness. Her motion comes after recent news that LA County employees had been the target of a phishing attack.

“Cyberattacks are not going away any time soon,” said Supervisor Hahn. “In fact, we should expect them to increase and become more sophisticated. We need to know where the County is vulnerable to cyberattacks and what we can do to protect the public’s sensitive and personal information.”

Supervisor Hahn’s motion instructs the Chief Executive Officer and the Auditor-Controller to conduct a feasibility study on conducting comprehensive cyber-security risk assessments of all County departments. The motion also instructs the CEO and Auditor-Controller to report back to the Board within 60 days all findings and recommendations which may include recommended methodology for conducting the assessments, estimated costs, and projected timeline for completion.

Supervisor Hahn’s office is hopeful that this motion may open the door to funding future county-wide cybersecurity training which will be necessary to preventing future cyberattacks.