News Cast 4/20

News Cast for April 20th:

School on alert for hackers

School districts across Florida are taking extra steps to protect against internet hackers.

The Okeechobee County School Board on Monday approved having the Office of Homeland Security do a check on their security systems.

Hackers broke through the Broward County School District system recently and tried to blackmail the district into a $40 million payment to not release the data.

They are mostly after names, dates of birth and social security numbers.

Okeechobee Assistant School Superintendent Dylan Tedders said other districts try to work together to protect data, “Every time there is a cyber attack on a school district, we all communicate to try and make sure it doesn’t happen to us.”

He said they also work with employees on best internet policies, “We work on other access for staff, more layers of protection to make sur ewe don’t have a data breach.  With changing technology all it takes is someone opening an email that they aren’t supposed to open.”

Glades Chairman chimes in on Okeechobee issues

Glades County officials said they are excited about the chances of the Bass Pro Development in Okeechobee and the positive economic impacts it could have on them.

They do have some concerns about the Lake Okeechobee plan as they want levels kept high enough so boaters can navigate the rim canals in Buckhead Ridge and Lakeport.

The commission meets today with Hendry County to try and finalize a deal for a fire and ems station in Muse.

Chairman Tim Stanley suggests a similar arrangement with Okeechobee County to serve southwest Okeechobee out of Buckhead Ridge, might help both counties.

“I haven’t talked to anyone about this but it would be a nice venture to serve the west side of Okeechobee and Buckhead Ridge.  It would be great to do a joint venture there too,” he added.

Glades County plans to move an ambulance from Muse to Buckhead Ridge.

They currently pay Okeechobee County Fire Rescue about $150,000 annually to provide ambulance service.