George Davis correspondent

GREEN: Due to technology security breaches in Akron and the Akron-Canton Regional Airport, Green City Council heard from the city’s Internet provider on how his firm is keeping the city as technologically secure as possible.

At the invitation of Mayor Dick Norton, AtNetPlus partner Jay Mellon explained what tactics his Stow colleagues use to guard against hackers trying to get into Green’s data facilities.

“We believe the network is always under attack,” Mellon said, as he explained how training and educating the city’s employees in combating hacking is as important as technology and monitoring.

He said many of Green’s workers have been shown tactics that hackers try to use, along with safe practices for everyday computer usage.

Mellon said that since the training program his team has seen a 50 percent decrease in the amount of malware attacks.

Norton said the city takes extreme measures in securing city information, adding that you can’t go “cheap” when it comes to security.

“We want to be efficient, but we can’t afford to be exposed,” Norton said.

During his report to council, Norton noted that income tax revenue for the first three months of this year were down 8.3 percent from the same period in 2012. However, he said the April figures were 15 percent above April 2012 and 7 percent higher in May compared to last May.

Norton also reported that as a member of the Green Local Schools Strategic Planning Committee, the panel’s work is completed but won’t be announced until the school board meets at 6:30 p.m. June 18.