On April 14, cyber criminals hijacked part of the city of Stratford, Ontario’s servers, locking out some of its municipal employees. The attack, which was confirmed as a ransomware attack, disabled employees emails and locked up data. The city paid roughly $75,000 CAD in Bitcoin in order to receive decryption keys to unlock the data.

Post-hack, the city of Stratford partnered with Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst to host a forum on Cybersecurity, Cross-Border Trade and the Digital Economy on November 13.

We spoke to Stratford mayor Dan Mathieson about his experience post-hack and what this means for municipalities.

Read more about the ransomware attack here.