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Fremont County, Colorado Extends Cyber ​​Attack Emergency Declaration

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(TNS) — With so much work already done, and so much more work still to be done, the Fremont County Commissioner’s Board announced on Tuesday that a cybersecurity attack on Fremont County’s computer technology systems had led to Approved a resolution to extend the local disaster declaration.

The BlackCat ransomware cyberattack on August 17 shut down county government computer systems. The department then continued to investigate the scope of the attack, allowing each department to recover and operate.

Fremont County Commissioner extends regional disaster declaration after cyberattack

The Board extended the first declaration at its August meeting to September 13th.

“The state of emergency gives us resources that may not always be available without the state of emergency,” said Commissioner Dwayne McFaul.

This extension will run until September 27th.

“This can be stopped at any time and scaled again if needed,” McFall said. “It’s better to be prepared in case something happens at this particular time and you’re not leveraging resources that you don’t currently have. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Commissioner Kevin Grantham said the board should not be mistaken for planning to stretch things out for another two weeks.

“This is to ensure that resources are available where possible,” he said. “Regardless of this, we’re going to recover 100% and keep running. But this will help us get to the end faster.”

The Fremont County Clerk and Recorder’s Division of Motor Vehicles will be open to all services and all forms of payment beginning Monday. Reservations are not required, but recommended.

The Records Division is working to restore the lost data. Anyone who recorded the document on August 16 is asked to call the Records Department at 719-276-7336 so that staff can reproduce the transaction.

Individuals desiring a marriage license can visit our offices in Colorado Springs, Salida, or Westcliffe.

In addition, citizens who made a cash payment to the Fremont County Treasurer on August 16 will be asked to provide a copy of the receipt to ensure proper billing.

Staff are located at 615 Macon Avenue Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 5 PM. For more information, call the Fremont County Treasurer at 719-276-7380.

“Thanks to the community for their patience,” McFall said. “We are working as hard as we can to keep things open and we appreciate their understanding and patience.”

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, representatives from Columbia ltd provided services to help fill three current and upcoming vacancies.

The board has yet to decide which recruitment agency to use to replace Sonny Bryant, who was named deputy county administrator of El Paso County. Ashley Martinez has submitted her resignation. Micah Simpleman transferred to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

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