Veterans Affairs averts major malware attack
Quick action prevented the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) from experiencing widespread damage from a malware virus on July 3, the IDVA reported recently.
The agency's staff started a “security incident response through the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology,” according to a press release. Work is underway to get services back to proper operational status and determine the amount of damage and how the virus started.
“I am pleased with our staff’s prompt response to this incident," IDVA Director Erica Jeffries said. “Teams are working around the clock to restore services for our veterans in the most rapid and secure means possible.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of Illinois Cybersecurity Strategy was released on March 21 with the aim of protecting vital information from cyber attacks and responding as needed.
“The cybersecurity challenges we face are significant,” Rauner said on the Cybersecurity Strategy website. “However, I am convinced that through our collective dedication and hard work and with the support of our public and private sector partners, Illinois will continue to take significant steps toward establishing Illinois as one of the most cyber-secure states in the nation.”