Beaver Dam PFC Rebukes Cybersecurity Mandate

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission is taking issue with a recently approved mandate handed down by the city council. On Monday, the council approved the hiring of InterQuest of Beaver Dam to provide cybersecurity for all departments. The PFC is an independent entity comprised of citizens appointed by the city council but does not answer to the council.

As a result, the mandate does not sit well with PFC Chair Jeff Kohman who says he has a problem with the resolution which he called “heavy-handed.”

Police Chief John Kreuziger, says there are some aspects of the plan that he supports, especially the funding, but he expressed concerns with compliance of Justice requirements that do not allow remote access to police department computers.

Bill Schwartz of InterQuest told city officials prior to their vote that he understood remote access to police computers would not be an option.

Commissioner Casey Carney made a motion that reserves the right of the PFC to review the scope of the security project, which must be based on guidelines provided by the justice department, and the judgement of both chiefs and the commission.