LODI, CA – In a ceremony today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), presented City of Lodi officials with a $500,000 check that will help pay for much-needed cybersecurity upgrades to the City of Lodi’s infrastructure. The money was allocated after Cooper organized and led an effort for the funding to be included in this year’s California 2019-2020 State Budget.
“Cyber warfare is plaguing cities across the US including the City of Lodi who fell victim to an attack,” said Assemblymember Cooper. “As your legislator I take this issues seriously. Our personal data is just that, our data. I want to ensure cyber thieves can no longer jeopardize our personal information.”
“Cyber threats are an increasing threat to police fire and public services throughout our country,” said Lodi Mayor Mark Chandler. “Criminals are increasingly targeting municipalities in ransomware attacks. The attacks can shut down phone lines, police computer systems, water electric and wastewater systems if successful. Attacks have cost millions of dollars in communities as large as Atlanta and Baltimore. Lodi appreciates Assemblymember Cooper's recognition of the severity of the threat and assistance in Lodi’s efforts to secure its public services against that threat,” added Chandler.
Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.