When a tornado or flood hits a community, it’s not uncommon to see volunteers from across the state respond to the call for help by local officials.

Now a growing group of IT professionals are answering that same type of call when a Wisconsin school district or municipality is hit by a cyberattack.

“Cyber preparedness and planning is an all-hazards activity, not unlike the kind of activity and planning we do for tornadoes or floods,” said Eric Franco, cybersecurity preparedness coordinator for Wisconsin Emergency Management. “People coming together to help clear debris or do search-and-rescue after a tornado, it’s the same response principle (for cyberattacks), just a different checklist.”

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