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Dallas County Commissioner Voices Concern About Lack of IT Director

After a Dallas County cyber breach, a county commissioner says the government needs to fill the position, which has been vacant more than three months.

After Dallas County suffered a hack claimed by the group Play, Commissioner Elba Garcia told The Dallas Morning News that she would like to see a new IT director hired.

“We need a new IT director as soon as possible,” she told the newspaper in a Tuesday article. “Someone with experience and can put a team together that can look into the future and solve some of the big problems in Dallas County.”

The position has been vacant since July, when previous Dallas County IT Director Melissa Kraft moved into Frisco’s CIO position.

Meanwhile, the news report said the Oct. 19 county breach was “thwarted and staff are continuing to investigate the incident.”

The county announced on its website that its IT staff interrupted an attempt to steal data and “effectively prevented any encryption of its files or systems.”

“Currently, there is no evidence of ongoing threat actor activity in our environment,” the county statement said. “Given these measures and findings, it appears at this time that the incident has been successfully contained and that Dallas County’s systems are secure for use.”

Reportedly, the ransomware group Play posted on the dark web that it had stolen information from Dallas County. Play’s post threatens to publish the information on Nov. 3.