Newsletter #140 for February 27, 2015
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Important Reminder to Check Computer Backups

We received this note from a community who hopes that others can learn from their mistakes:

"Apparently sometime week our network was infected with the CryptoWall virus. The exact cause is still being checked out by our IT person but he suspects it came by email. It encrypted our files including our billing software so they were not accessible. We immediately went to our back up but discovered even though we had been changing our tapes daily, the server had not backed up in some time. In our situation we had to make a decision to lose several months' worth of information or pay a $500 ransom. As bad as we hated to we paid the fee and now we are back up and running. I wanted to pass this along to you as you may want to make others aware of this and to encourage them to actually check their backups to make sure they are working not just assume they are."

Position Opening at Wichita State University EFC

Wichita State University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Program Manager.

The primary role of the Program Manager will be to conduct community service projects and oversee programs for the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs/Environmental Finance Center (here after “the School”). The position will provide assistance to communities through project and research assistance; develop and deliver professional development trainings; and provide on-site utility and financial technical assistance.

Constituents include a variety of government professional groups, but the primary audience will be local government environmental professionals. The position will report to the Director of the Environmental Finance Center and will provide support on a variety of environmental and finance related topics.

To apply online, go to Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of background checks as required by the Kansas Board of Regents. Wichita State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Related: Position Openings in New Mexico's Drinking Water Program

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