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OPPJ allocates money to 4th Judicial Court to improve security after cyber incident

At Monday’s Ouachita Parish Police Jury meeting, the board agreed to allocate funds to help improve the 4th Judicial Court's cyber security system.
At Monday’s Ouachita Parish Police Jury meeting, the board agreed to allocate funds to help improve the 4th Judicial Court's cyber security system.(Source: KNOE)
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 11:01 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Fourth Judicial Court was at the center of a malicious cyberattack last week.

Officials said the incident was limited to the Court only and did not impact either parish’s Clerk of Court office, where all case records and documents are maintained.

At Monday’s Ouachita Parish Police Jury meeting, the board agreed to allocate funds to help improve the court’s cyber security system.

“That money will be directly accessed for the 4th JDC and spent to beef up their security there,” said Police Jury President Shane Smiley.

Thanks to Act 268 of the 2018 Legislature, the 4th Judicial District Court can access excess funds collected through court costs at the approval of the police jury.

The court will have $125,000 at their disposal.

“Fortunately for us this money is there and it can be accessed by them with approval from the jury,” said Smiley.

Police Jury President Shane Smiley said it’s imperative they have the resources to better protect the information they have housed within the court.

“I think it’s appropriate. I think it’s good we don’t have to pull this money out of the general fund and that the money is there for them to access to take care of a matter that’s of most importance,” said Smiley.

The incident remains under investigation.

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