Raoul questioned why Illinois AG office wasn’t properly preparedRep. Brad Halbrook, a Shelbyville Republican, asked Raoul why his agency wasn’t properly prepared for and had not anticipated such a cybersecurity attack. “I’m just curious what we’re doing, why we didn’t anticipate this, why we didn’t have redundant systems in place to be ready to roll in case something happened like this?” Halbrook asked. Raoul said, moving forward, his office has reached out to “internal IT experts” to improve its network and technology. “I don’t know what the satisfactory answer that you’d want to your question. But our staff, and I’m proud of my staff, have continued to work hard during a very difficult circumstance,” Raoul said. Raoul was also asked about a state auditor general’s report released in February that found the attorney general’s office had not implemented adequate internal controls related to cybersecurity programs and practices. It recommended that the office perform a comprehensive formal risk assessment to identify information most susceptible to attack. It also recommended the office classify its data to establish the types of information most susceptible to attack. Raoul said his office has begun the comprehensive risk assessment that was suggested in the audit report. “And in our response to the audit, we indicated that because of the nature of our agency and the nature of our work, we consider all of our data high-security data,” he said. The attorney general’s office also created a new information systems security analyst position, which is tasked with spearheading the “formalization of the (o)ffice’s risk assessment and security efforts into a comprehensive, well-documented cybersecurity program.” Raoul said that position was created in August 2020.
Sarah Mansur is a field reporter for Capitol News Illinois and has been on the team since October 2020. Mansur, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, was previously a reporter for the Henderson, N.C. Daily Dispatch before entering the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. After graduating, she joined the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in 2017 as Capitol bureau chief.