DOVER — Kent County was the target of a network intrusion at 7 a.m. Saturday, the county said in a press release.
Despite the hack, there has been no disruption of critical county services, such as 911 dispatch.
The county’s information technology team responded immediately and is receiving support from the state and local municipalities. County staff members are working closely with cybersecurity consultants and law enforcement to ensure all systems are secure.
A network intrusion, commonly referred to as a network hack, is an incident when an intruder gains access to a system or system resource without having authorization to do so, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
County officials are confident that sensitive information is secure, though there will be delays in routine services while systems are restored. Internet-based services, including some telephone numbers, will be offline temporarily.
Delaware’s data breach laws require notice be provided to affected individuals “without unreasonable delay, but not later than 60 days” unless an ensuing investigation determines the breach is “unlikely to result in harm.”
Since an investigation by law enforcement is ongoing, Kent County is releasing only limited details at this time.