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Palo Alto is insufficiently prepared for cyber threats, a new audit finds

Original post made on Oct 7, 2021

Palo Alto's city leaders often tout the city's reputation as a technological powerhouse, but when it comes to preventing cybersecurity threats at City Hall, the city has some room for improvement, a newly completed audit concludes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 7, 2021, 8:25 AM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2021 at 11:29 am

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Preaching to the choir here.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

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No surprise here since for years the city couldn't be bothered to test its systems for traffic alerts so we can avoid road construction, utility rebates, reporting problems with storm drains etc. before releasing them to us so we can waste our time and that of our plumbers and contractors.

And those are just the few systems with which I have personal experience.

How absurd that the city has for years designed systems that can't be queried by addresses to see how long a problem has existed and/or to see if something's finally been repaired.

But that's why they get the big bucks and lucrative retirement plans.


Posted by R. Cavendish
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2021 at 1:05 pm

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QUOTE: "...the city is now in the process of procuring a consultant who will help develop a new three-year IT strategy."

A typical City of Palo Alto strategy...hire a consultant to do what its internal and highly paid administrators are incapable of doing.

I would imagine that the city has an MIS Director responsible for overseeing firewalls, inter/intranet security, and misplaced smartphones.

Curious...how much will this three-year consultant service contract cost the city (aka PA taxpayers) and will the implementation of further cyber-security measures be effective for at least five years?

Just guessing but probably not.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 7, 2021 at 1:37 pm

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Hey, maybe our last highly paid IT czar is still available, you know -- the guy who went to Oracle after doing Oracle's bidding while being paid by Palo Alto and who suddenly left when his conflicts of interest surfaced.


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