Bay County is taking the lead when it comes to fighting ransomware.

Register of Deeds Brandon Krause says recently developed software protections mean his office would be up and running just 24 hours after a cyberattack. By contrast, Krause noted sites in other counties might be down for as long as four to six months, saying the inability to record property transactions would stall economic growth.

Krause is co-chair of the Ransomware Project working nationally with the Property Record Industry Association. They educate other Register of Deeds officials around the country about how to spot, prevent and ultimately solve ransomware attacks.