Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning , Critical Infrastructure Security , Government

Cryptolocker Motivates City of Westland, MI to Change Security Strategy

A Case Study: Local Government CIO Leverages AI Against Evolving Threats

Local governments are responsible for a broad set of data, making their CIO's task of ensuring security while providing transparency on where this data is being used and where it's going challenging. This case study examines the city of Westland, Michigan's former security strategy, similar to many other municipalities, which was focused on strengthening the perimeter protecting against known outside threats.

After a brush with a cryptolocker within their environment, Westland's CIO, Daniel Bourdeau, realized the need for greater visibility into their network and verify if their perimeter security solutions were doing what they were designed to do. Motivated by a need to change security strategy, the city of Westland implemented Darktrace which leverages AI in a critical capacity to keep pace with never-before-seen, relentlessly evolving threats from cyber-criminals.

Watch this brief video interview to learn more about how the city of Westland achieved their security goals by harnessing AI to gain the most real-time visibility into their environment.

About the Author

Daniel Bourdeau

Daniel Bourdeau

CIO, City of Westland, Michigan

Bourdeau is a technology innovation evangelist. He specializes in transforming information technology operations into high energy, impactful innovation engines that empower organizations to accelerate and optimize their operational goals by applying industry best practices, demystifying technology and implementing unique, lightweight and highly effective technology solutions to business processes.

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