The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD in Harris County, Texas, is taking precautionary measures in response to a suspected cyber attack, believed to be a ransomware incident that occurred on Tuesday. The attack resulted in the encryption of certain employee working files, rendering them inaccessible.
Furthermore, to mitigate the potential spread of the attack, The Harris Center has temporarily shut down its network, causing staff to experience limited access to files and resulting in delays in patient care. The center is actively collaborating with internal teams and third-party security response specialists to investigate the incident, restore full functionality, and ensure uninterrupted patient care.
Additionally, in a statement, The Harris Center expressed its commitment to providing uninterrupted patient care and outlined the steps being taken to address the situation. The incident has been reported to the police and is being managed by the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with Harris County Information Technology. As of now, no additional details about the nature or source of the cyber attack have been disclosed.