County receiving money for cyber security

County receiving money for cyber security

The LaSalle County Clerk’s Office is getting $27,500 from the state to boost its cyber security.

Director of Information Technology John Haag says the money will won’t be used on more software though.

Rather, the Illinois State Board of Elections wants the county focus on another cyber security risk – people.

County Clerk Lori Bongartz says the county’s election data is stored on its own isolated server not connected to internet.

Similarly, the county’s ballot tabulation machines don’t connect to internet and can’t be hacked.

Bongartz doesn’t anticipate having the money to buy electronic voting machines that could be hacked into anytime soon either.