It’s been nearly two months since a possible computer breach was found in the systems that are used to run the Municipal District of Opportunity, and they’re still working to get everything back up and running.
In late August the MD found some unusual activity, and shut down their computer network to find out what was going on.
Legislative Services Manager Deborah Juch told 630 CHED, for the first while everything had to be done without the help of the computer network.
“We’re a very large geographic municipality, we have seven communities, we just sent runners. We literally sent runners to communities on a daily basis to make sure that communications were kept up.”
The big ones like payroll and accounts payable are working thanks to a few brand new computers, but they’re far from running at full capacity.
“Total in the MD we have almost 100 work stations that are computerized and connected,” said Juch. “Now we have probably got 25.”
Their computers needed an upgrade anyway, but the purchase was rushed when the suspicious activity came to light. Because of the limited access, there are certain things that just can’t be done right now, like development permits.
“We can’t process those because we don’t have our GIS mapping, we don’t have access to our systems that tell us property ownership, and all the other items. We can’t Word-process a development permit.”
It’s hoped that the cyber-nightmare will be over by the end of November and there’s going to be a pile of work waiting for them when everything is functional again.
“Those workflows have stopped for two months, and we’ll have a lot of catch-up to do when we get going again.”
An investigation into what the breach may have been is still going on, but Juch said it doesn’t appear to be criminal. (kdr)