Emergency declarations improve cyberattack recovery, report says

StateScoop: A brief report Thursday from Moody’s Investors Service concludes that statewide emergency declarations following a cyberattack improve the chances that victims will recover with minimal lasting damage from the incident. Specifically, the analysis looks at Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision last month to declare an emergency following a string of ransomware attacks against school districts across the state.

Edwards’ move has helped the affected districts avoid paying the ransoms demanded by their hackers and mitigate damage to affected computer systems, even as the number of schools affected has grown, Moody’s said.

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