City of Dothan officials consulting with legal team and experts after data breach

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan City Commission approved contracts with the law firm of Mullen Coughlin, LLC and the cyber-security firm Charles River Associates to determine whether a breach on Click2Gov did occur, and what process needs to be taken.

The city’s cybersecurity insurance provider, AIG, recommended that the Mullen Coughlin firm be retained to assist the City of Dothan in matters relating to the potential data security breach. Mullen Coughlin is an industry expert law firm in the field of cyber-security.

CRA is a leading global consulting firm that offers expert computer data collection, analysis, and risk management services for law firms, accounting firms, and governments.

The firm will assist Dothan City attorneys in response to the potential data breach to the Click2Gov application. The fixed fee for services totals $45,000.

“We want to be cautious,” said Kevin Cowper, Dothan City Manager. “We want to protect the public. We want to protect our customers for our utility service, and we want to do the right thing. So, we think pursuing this action with our insurance carrier, hiring experts in the field, is the right course of action.”

The City of Dothan’s insurance policy with AIG carries with it a $25,000 deductible. Beyond $25,000 in expenses, the City’s cyber-security insurance will cover other fees associated with Charles River Associates as well as the Mullen Coughlin firm.

When asked in what case the city would decide to pursue litigation against CentralSquare, Cowper said that he can’t answer that question right now.

“We’re gathering information, and you know, consulting with our own legal team with the city and with the experts that we’ve hired,” Cowper said. “So, (I) just don’t have enough information at this point.”

The commissioners did enter into executive session to discuss if they want to take further action against CentralSquare.

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