Lyon County to improve cyber security software

Lyon County commissioners decided a change was needed in their anti-virus software Thursday during their action session in the Lyon County Courthouse.

Commissioners approved a motion to replace Kaspersky, which they are currently using, with the purchase of Bitdefender Business Security in the amount of $5,088.

“I have been looking at blogs about anti-virus security since the first part of July,” Chuck Boyce, IT specialist said. “I’ve read some articles detailing hacking. I’ve been struggling with what we should do or if we should stay with Kaspersky. I’ve done a lot of research on this. We decided to test Bitdefender for the past 30 days, and we did well with it.”

Boyce recommended the replacement move to keep the records of Lyon County safe.

“I don’t want to be that government agency which gets hacked,” he said. “I’ve talked with some other counties which were using Kaspersky, and they were also thinking of jumping ship. The goal is to keep our records and correspondence safe.”

Commissioners were about a year and a half into their three-year contract with Kaspersky, and most likely will not receive a refund with the change.

(Read more: Emporia Gazette)