Were warnings about city government cybersecurity missed?

Were warnings about the need for stronger cybersecurity in Baltimore City government missed?

The city’s systems remain hobbled by an 8-day-old ransomware attack.

A year ago, a city information technology official gave a blunt assessment of the shortfalls of the city’s cybersecurity effort, but did anything change? Gayle Guilford, a manager of the city’s IT department, spoke at a Baltimore City Council hearing.

“You are quite correct, we are going to get sued,” she said May 29, 2018.

Guilford told the council the cybersecurity effort was understaffed, underfunded and in need of updates.

“We would also need to upgrade our firewall systems, which have been in place for seven years,” Guilford said.

City officials will not give details of the city’s cybersecurity system, citing the investigation of the ransomware attack.

At a briefing Wednesday, the city’s IT director, Frank Johnson, could give no date when systems might be restored.

“We will be back online and

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