San Joaquin County is well protected regarding cybersecurity. The seven cities in the county vary with respect to Grand Jury expectations, most being well secured but lacking defined plans for Business Continuity and IT Disaster Preparedness. Cybersecurity is an evolving concern and requires ongoing efforts by government entities to remain current and vigilant against risks to their Information Systems.
The Grand Jury recommends that the County and affected cities:
develop, adopt and implement a Business Continuity Plan;
develop, adopt and implement an IT Disaster Preparedness Plan;
remedy specific cybersecurity risks found in this investigation; and
the City of Ripon undergo a data system security review by an expert third party to assess the City’s IT systems and protocols.
The Grand Jury recognizes that cybersecurity is a dynamic process, a continually moving target which needs constant monitoring and updating.