Westfield IT director stops what appeared to be active cyber security breach after clerk-treasurer issues third-party contract

Did a city’s IT Director stop a breach in progress or did he just interrupt a forensic investigation by a firm that had been hired but never identified to his office?  Anna Skinner reports on what seems to be a case of Westfield officials either not communicating well with each other, or not trusting each other, or both:

City of Westfield Director of Informatics Chris Larsen stopped what he believed was an active cyber-security breach occurring in Clerk-Treasurer Cindy Gossard’s office the night of July 26 and, in the process, found laptops belonging to a third-party contractor hired – but not identified – by Gossard. 

Larsen also discovered unknown software running on the city’s computers and city computers with dismantled hard drives in the office

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