County Judge: Lubbock defends well against cyberattacks - FOX34 Lubbock

County Judge: Lubbock defends well against cyberattacks

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

County Judge Curtis Parrish said the county's computer systems are well-fortified against cyberattacks, after a report from the Texas Department of Information Resources reported 10,000 attacks a minute on Texas networks in the 48 hours after President Trump's drone strike on Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

"I meet almost daily," Judge Parrish said on Lubbock News Now Thursday, "talking about where we're at, what threats are out there, and how we're preventing them.

"It's one of those things where you want to do everything you can to stop the attacks before they happen," he continued, "because after the attacks are already happening, it's almost too late."

Parrish praised the county's IT director, Isaac Badu, for his work on defending Lubbock County from digital attacks; he explained how the county fended off a ransomware attack last fall, and said the department is constantly updating its security to prevent intrusions or hacks.

"He has really taken our system and made it probably as secure as any county system can be," Parrish said.

Parrish said the county is "well-aware" of the threats on the Internet, and didn't mention any other major cyberattacks since the one in the fall.


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