Bill would create cybersecurity grant program for state and local governments

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Cory Gardner introduced legislation Monday that would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to give state and local governments grants to purchase additional cybersecurity resources and hire more information-security personnel. Under the State Cyber Resiliency Act, state, local and tribal governments would be invited to put together plans to improve their overall defenses around their computer networks, communications systems and industrial control systems, such as internet-connected devices that operate environmental sensors and other “smart city” platforms. Plans would be designed with the goals of improving overall security, running regular vulnerability assessments and other threat-mitigation exercises and ensuring operational continuity — particularly public safety and law enforcement — in the event of a cyberattack. “As cyberattacks increase in frequency and gravity, we must ensure that our nation — from our local governments on up — is adequate..

In Albany ransomware attack, officials say information was not compromised

Officials in Albany, New York, said Wednesday that no city information was compromised in the ransomware attack that struck its municipal government late last month. Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Rachel McEneny, the city’s administrative services commissioner, said that the city did lose access to some data, but that the technicians responding to the hack, which Sheehan made public March 30, have the ability to restore it. “From the standpoint of mission critical data and information we feel confident that anything we need to recover, we’ll be able to recover,” Sheehan said at a news conference. While most city services are available to residents, officials are still unable to process requests for vital records like birth certificates and marriage licenses, and are referring people to offices in neighboring jurisdictions. The mayor said that Albany has not paid the ransom demanded by the malware that encrypted city computer systems, but few other details […] Source

By |2019-04-11T19:48:38+00:00April 11th, 2019|Albany, City, Cybersecurity, Kathy Sheehan, New York, ransomware, Uncategorized|