Toronto Consolidates IT Systems for Enhanced Security Following Ransomware Attacks on Zoo and Public Library

Toronto Consolidates IT Systems for Enhanced Security Following Ransomware Attacks on Zoo and Public Library

Following ransomware incidents at the Toronto Zoo and Public Library, Toronto plans to consolidate its IT systems. Mayor Olivia Chow, during a press conference, stated that Toronto’s central system is exceptionally secure, ranking just behind New York in North America. She believes that incorporating various city-affiliated organizations into this central system will significantly enhance their security.

Separate IT systems currently operate in city entities like the library, zoo, and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

This integration decision follows recent cyberattacks: the Toronto Zoo earlier this month and the Toronto Public Library last October. The library attack resulted in the theft of personal data of current and former employees, including names, social insurance numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, and possibly copies of staff-provided government IDs.

The library is still in the process of fully restoring its systems. An announcement today indicated that its website’s homepage would be operational by month-end, but full access to the online catalogue and user accounts is delayed until February.

The update also highlighted the recent reconnection of network services to over 3,000 staff computers, a prerequisite for re-establishing internet connectivity on 2,000 public computers.

Toronto Consolidates IT Systems for Enhanced Security Following Ransomware Attacks on Zoo and Public Library

Internet access via public computers in branches is expected to resume early February, though a timeline for reinstating printing services from these computers is yet to be determined.

The original article discussing Toronto’s IT system integration in response to the ransomware attacks on the zoo and public library was published on IT World Canada.

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