Atlanta CIO Revisits Notorious Hack, Looks to the Future

Government Technology: Prioritizing city operations and putting in place a plan to respond to a cyberattack are some of the changes adopted by Atlanta nearly nine months after a ransomware attack penetrated much of City Hall in one of the country’s largest metros.

“You hear people talk about disaster recovery. You hear people talk about business continuity. During those phases you look at what your critical applications are, and you rank them. And so you go through a process, and you look at, ‘hey, what poses the most risk, if accessed?’” said Gary Brantley, chief information officer for Atlanta, speaking during a city-produced “video special report” offering an update on recovery from the March 2018 cyberattack.

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