A hacker attack and lost police data in recent months have prompted Wellington officials to approve $17,252 to buy a new virtual server as well as backup, antivirus, and antispam services.
Strongsville-based TTX was hired Sept. 6 to revamp the village’s network security.
Initial focus will be at village hall, where backup servers will be moved from the third floor to a different building to stay one step ahead of possible hardware failures or network intrusions.
The cost will be divided between police, sewer, water, public works, and electric funds. The number of computers used by each will determine how much the departments contribute.
“The whole package will encompass parts of the entire village employee system,” said mayor Hans Schneider. “The proposal covers all departments but there are specific measures for different departments.”
Police chief Tim Barfield said a glitch caused about five years of data to be lost not long after he took over the department in late 2015.
“In December we lost all of our electronic records for phone calls, radio traffic, and anything that comes into the station,” he said. “We lost all of it because we had our computer hard drives fail.”
Barfield said TTX will eventually handle all village network security rather than relying on a patchwork setup that’s come from many different sources.
“Our current system was put together by many different people at many different times. No one has really been an expert, though, like this company. We want an expert company to come in here and run the whole thing,” he said.
Water superintendent and interim village manager Mark Rosemark said the hack attempt at the wastewater plant was caught before it could do any harm.
“Several months ago someone was trying to hack into our control network,” he said. “It was discovered and prevented in time and we were fortunate to catch it when we did. It did not result in any negative impact to the plant. We’ve been looking into optimizing security.”
Wellington village council hopes to institute more services with TTX in the coming months.
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Village council approved $17,252 in funding for new virtual server, data backup, and security services at a meeting on Sept. 6.