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Louisiana declares state of emergency due to ransomware attack

July 30, 2019 / CISOMAG

John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana, has issued a state of emergency after a wave of ransomware attacks hits school districts. According to an official statement, the incident affected school systems in Sabine, Morehouse, and Ouachita parishes in North Louisiana. The attack infected the school’s computer and network systems with ransomware. The Emergency Declaration allows Louisiana’s cybersecurity experts to assist local governments in securing their networks systems. “On Wednesday, July 24, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Emergency Declaration in response to an ongoing cybersecurity incident that is affecting several local government agencies. The declaration makes available state resources and allows for assistance from cybersecurity experts from the Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, the Office of Technology Services and others to assist local governments in responding to and preventing future data loss,” stated a press release by...