September 26, 2016
Hyannis, Mass., September 26, 2016 – In August 2016 Barnstable Police Department, a 130-person team in a small tourist town, became one of the average 4,000 victims per day of a ransomware attack. With a mission of public safety and proactive policing, Barnstable had recently deployed Reduxio Systems storage solutions, including the award-winning BackDating technology, in case of just such a cyber threat. Despite the immediate risk and costly resolution, Reduxio and Barnstable were able to completely avoid any data loss and complete a full systems recovery, ransom unpaid, within 30 minutes.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting victims of all types. The US has seen an approximate 300 percent increase in ransomware attacks since 2015. The per incident cost for lost productivity, resources to recover files, and the payment average about $333,000 according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Barnstable P.D.’s stated mission is “[commitment] to preserving the lives, property and rights of all our citizens through proactive policing strategies.” As part of its proactive program, Barnstable P.D. reviewed its disaster recovery plans and security protocols to determine how quickly the department could recover in the event of an outage. Considering its security, disaster recovery and storage capacity concerns, Barnstable P.D. selected Reduxio’s HX550™ storage systems and BackDating ™ to vastly improve recovery times, speed up operations and simplify access to important applications for patrol officers and staff. Reduxio’s HX550 system became the primary storage solution with hundreds of virtual application servers and desktops migrated from the existing legacy system. BackDating offerings one-second recovery intervals, allowing Barnstable Police Department to restore its data to a single second before the hack with a single click.
“Within minutes of migrating data to Reduxio’s storage system, we knew we had made the right choice,” said Craig Hurwitz, information technology coordinator, Barnstable Police Department. “I was immediately confident that with the robust storage and data protection solution from Reduxio our systems would be protected and could be recovered quickly in the case of an attack.
“The enablement of our police force and management of our data is of the utmost importance when considering public safety. It is our mission to be proactive and having a solution in place that we were confident would protect our team and our town was an important and worthy investment this year,” said Paul MacDonald, chief of police, Barnstable Police Department.
Barnstable deployed Reduxio in July 2016. Two months later the department responded to a ransomware assault, proving that attacks are happening to every business. The Barnstable Police Department credits Reduxio solutions for preventing data loss and ensuring a speedy recovery with no impact on public safety during its recent hack.
Barnstable P.D. relies on the Reduxio storage systems to support its computer-aided dispatch system, mobile data, records management, field reports and operations from the department headquarters and sub-stations. Public safety services including bail posting, license plate lookup, surveillance, training, detective work and standard email are running on separate virtual machines supporting staff and patrol officers on foot, bikes and boats to connect back with the application system through mobile devices and laptops.
“Along with death and taxes, one new certainty in life is getting hacked. It was disclosed that even the U.S. National Security Agency’s network was recently breached. No matter how sophisticated your security protocols are, there will always be intruders trying to access your organization’s data,” said Mike Grandinetti, chief marketing and corporate strategy office, Reduxio. “We are thrilled for the positive outcomes at Barnstable P.D. and that Reduxio was able to prevent data loss and deliver a rapid recovery.”
About Barnstable Police Department
The members of the Barnstable Police Department strive to work in partnership with our community in seeking out and solving problems in order to enhance our quality of life. We are committed to preserving the lives, property and rights of all our citizens through proactive policing strategies. The Town of Barnstable is home to seven villages including Hyannis, Massachusetts famed as the former home to the Kennedy family. The Barnstable P.D. serves a population of about 50,000 residents and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New England. During the summer months, Barnstable’s population can grow to 150,000 people, as the main access point to world-famous islands including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
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