Butler County is regaining some of its services which had been limited due to a Ransomware attack on our County computer network. The Motor Vehicle, Treasurers Office and Register of Deeds in El Dorado at the Historic Courthouse are planning to open to the public for services at noon tomorrow if all systems test correctly in the morning. We will update the media and public with a press release and social media post in the late morning for confirmation. The Augusta Western Office and Driver’s License services will remain closed as it is still not able to serve customers at this time. If you need to renew a Driver’s License you can go to the State of Kansas Driver’s License Office in Andover or a State Driver’s License Office in Sedgwick County.
The Butler County Health Department is fully functioning and is able to see all clients. All other offices continue to remain open but services requiring the use of a computer continue to be limited at this time. The County continues to work with third party vendors to restore our systems and we anticipate continuing to bring multiple services back on line this week. The primary goal of the County will now shift to restoring our Computer Aided Dispatch software, County Attorney and Sheriff/Jail software which we hope to have online and fully functional by Friday. Email availability for County staff will remain down through the end of the week and we anticipate having email services restored by early next week.
IT staff is continuing to make great strides as we continue to restore some major operations. We are still limiting our connectivity to the internet until we are 100% sure the original breach is eliminated. Staff is being extremely cautious bringing back on-line equipment and software to ensure it is properly tested so no problems linger. The County wants to continue to emphasis, we do not believe any public or private information was stolen from the county during this cyberattack. We continue to ask the public to be patient with staff as we deal with this problem as it is an extremely tedious process.
The County will post information via social media and through press releases with the media as more information becomes available. For information on closings or limited available services, individuals may contact Departments directly or call our main line at 316-322-4300.