- Increasing ransomware attacks throughout Massachusetts and the U.S.
- Costly, concerning ransomware attack at a neighboring town
- Risk of losing data and forfeiting taxpayer dollars to recover data
- Desire for a centralized ransomware solution to easily deploy to 900 town and school staff and 6,000 students
The Town of North Andover had managed to avoid a ransomware attack, but they knew it was only a matter of time. A neighboring town wasn't so lucky and bad actors took their municipal network down for a whole week–forcing the town to hand over taxpayer dollars to recover their data. Equally concerning, news of ransomware attacks were increasing throughout Massachusetts and the U.S. It was time to act.
John Hyland, the Director of Information Technology for North Andover, began exploring solutions to protect against a future ransomware attack. They had antivirus software and a good firewall, but he knew it wasn't enough.
The director was looking for a solution that didn't require loading software on every single device. With 900 Town and School staff and 6,000 students, that would be an arduous, time-consuming task. Instead, Hyland wanted a centralized solution that would offer the greatest protection and an easy implementation.