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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The City of Champaign is switching to a new cybersecurity provider later this month, thanks to a measure approved by the Champaign City Council.

The city council approved of a three-year agreement with the cybersecurity company Field Effect at its meeting Tuesday. The city will pay $64,278 annually each year for the contract.

The cybersecurity firm will provide the city with tools to prevent malicious hacks like firewalls, anti-virus protection, network access security software, and cloud back-up.

In a city memo, officials said the city has been a daily target of phishing and malware attempts. The city has also faced a phishing scam in 2018, a international hack in 2019 and several international log-in attempts from compromised credentials.

Mark Toalson, the city’s IT director, said the consequences would pile up fast if the city faced a cyber attack.

“If there were to be a successful attack, it could literally shut down city systems,” Toalson said. “Anything that involves computers which is everything nowadays. So making online payments, anything like getting a building permit, all those systems will be just halted.”

Between 2021 and 2024 the city used cybersecurity with ArticWolf.

The contract was approved unanimously. It goes into effect March 30.


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