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Riley County hopes to resolve radio issues by end of next week after cybersecurity incident | News | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


Riley County Emergency Management hope to resolve a disruption to radio communications after a cybersecurity incident on Monday led to an emergency disaster declaration.

The FBI and local law enforcement are investigating the incident, which has forced local emergency personnel to use the backup state radio communications system.

The county commission’s disaster declaration allowed the county to receive state resources. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management deployed its Communication on Wheels semi-trailer to Riley County on Monday evening. The COW augments and improves radio signal strength in the central part of the country, including the city of Manhattan.

“We are grateful for the partnership with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management,” Riley County emergency management director Russel Stukey said in a written statement. “The state was quick to provide resources in support of our local emergency services. Their help ensures we can continue responding to emergencies and protecting the community effectively and efficiently until replacement equipment arrives.”

The county has ordered replacement equipment for components in its radio communications system and expects to receive and install the equipment by the end of next week.

Until that time, firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical personnel will continue to rely on the backup system.

“We’re working to replace equipment as quickly as possible,” Stukey said. “There are no guarantees about the timeline, but thankfully, we do not anticipate any disruption in services.”

The cybersecurity incident has not impacted 911 dispatchers’ ability to receive calls, dispatch resources, communicate with emergency responders and activate outdoor warning sirens until the replacement equipment is ready.

No personal, financial or other information has been associated with the incident. Stukey said the only information on those affected radio servers are radio ID numbers, frequencies and other radio data. The system is part of its own network and is not associated with the county’s typical internet network, which includes the county’s email server.

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