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Cyber-Attack Disrupts Public Services in Fremont County, Colorado

Government offices and public services in Freemont County, Colorado, have been disrupted since August 17, 2022, due to a “cybersecurity event affecting our county computer systems.”

As of the official update issued August 24, 2022, “all of the county’s buildings remain closed. This includes administration and public health buildings.”

The update reveals how difficult it is to respond and recover from a cyber-attack, stating: “this devastating incident wreaked havoc with our computer systems.”

It also shows how disruptive it is to not have access to normal electronic processing procedures :

“The motor vehicles personnel have a tent located outside the administration building. They can take license plate tag renewal and handicap tag renewal requests. Minimal paperwork forms are available at the tent, including applications for handicap tags and power of attorney forms. County staff can look over title paperwork but will not keep it as they are unable to process it at this time. Neighboring counties cannot process title work for Fremont County residents.”

Government entities continue to be targeted by cyberattacks, which directly affect the availability of public services provided to area residents. When a government entity gets hit with a cyber-attack, it affects us all.

Copyright © 2022 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 237
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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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