Ada Village Council Member Ken Lauria (foreground on, what else, the computer) will be heading up the village's New Technology Committee - Ada Herald
Ada Village Council Member Ken Lauria (foreground on, what else, the computer) will be heading up the village's New Technology Committee. (Ada Herald/Joe Schriner)

ADA — There will be an Ada village first next Tuesday night.

After the regular council meeting, the first “Technology Committee” meeting will go ‘online.’

Ada Council Member, and Technology Committee Chair, Ken Lauria will be ‘booting it up.’

The relatively new council member’s day job, if you will, is Director of Informational Services at Health Pro Medical Billing in Lima.

This means he’s responsible for “…all things tech.”

And he’s hoping to bring a lot of that expertise to bear with this new committee.

There has been, in essence, an initial “tech audit” of the Ada village and police systems. This data will be ‘streamed,’ or okay, reported to the Tech Committee Tuesday.

Lauria said the committee will be looking at: equipment, software and cyber security. Concurrently, he said new things in each of these categories will be phased in over time.

He also said his hope is that some of this tech info will also be a help for the people in the village at large as well.

As an example, village employees will be getting tutorials on cyber security. And by extension, for instance, this paper will probably report on some.

Like this…

Lauria said when people hear the phraseology “cyber security,” they often picture some criminal computer genius “hacking away at their hardware.”

But Lauria said it is often much more subtle.

You get an email from what looks like, say, Walmart. It has an attachment.

You, without thinking, just quickly click on it.

That click could well expose someone to malware with “bad intentions,” said Lauria. You, for instance, are subsequently duped into giving your, for instance, credit card information.

And it spirals down from there.

Lauria said a motto in the industry these days is: “Think before you click!”

He said this slowing down might help one notice, as an example, that Walmartt is spelled with two t’s. [Like with counterfeit bills that are just slightly off.] Another cautionary strategy, if one is initially leery, is to hold the cursor over the link momentarily to see what comes up. It might not be Walmart at all. Lauria said technology is forever changing at a rapid pace, and its essential for municipalities to keep up with it as much as possible.