Following a recent cyber attack on St. Mary’s County government, county professionals were aided by the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) in the reaction. LGIT offers its members a no-cost Cyber Insurance Program, reacting to a demand from governments who are all too often targets of cyber threats.
Coverage of the cyber attack ran earlier this month in the St. Mary’s County Times, indicating “ten employees… were involved throughout the weekend (after Thanksgiving) and into the following week trying to restore the system.” The county reported that while the cyber attack managed to encrypt certain government computers, systems were successfully restored from backups and “no data was accessed from any of our servers.”
In correspondence with LGIT, St. Mary’s County representatives noted “In this recent ransomware event, the Adjuster and Privacy Counsel was involved immediately to advise and prepare the appropriate notification required for County Employees and the citizens of St. Mary’s County, whether a regulatory requirement or voluntary notice.”
The County, by virtue of belonging to LGIT for its primary liability coverage, received numerous coverages:
- A 24-hour data breach hotline
- Immediate access to engage a privacy attorney to determine legal actions and response
- Computer forensics
- Public Relations or crisis communications professionals, if needed
- Establishing a call center, if needed
- Credit or identity theft monitoring, if needed
Enrollment in the coverage also includes many pre-event services including resources, regulatory information, and articles on Cyber Risk.