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Coldwater will upgrade its internal computer network for cybersecurity

Coldwater City Council questioned the cybersecurity of the city’s network system when the Russian-Ukrainian war began. Staff assured council members that the city and the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities were doing their job.

Now the city will upgrade its systems after a consultant’s recommendation. Councilman Jam Knaack questioned only one consultant’s implementation proposal.

Pat Pool, director of information technology, said the city has upgraded the internal computer system piecemeal over the past 20 years. “We originally wanted to make it easier to use.”

Last year, the department hired American Municipal Power to complete a network overhaul to better secure its networks.

With over 130 municipal power members, AMP has extensive experience and maturity in protecting its municipal utilities and utility control systems.

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