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Press Release

March 24, 2016

Contact: Richard Loconte, 212-709-1691

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO ON CYBER ATTACK CHARGES ANNOUNCED BY U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH AND FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY INVOLVING THE BOWMAN AVENUE DAM IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

"The federal indictments outlined that allege seven Iranian individuals performed computer hacking work on behalf of the Iranian government – including one case targeting the Bowman Avenue Dam in Westchester County in 2013 - are serious and demonstrate the challenges our nation faces combating cyber threats. I applaud the U.S. Department of Justice on its successful investigation of this matter and identifying those responsible."

"The number of cyber attacks in the United States continues to rise and New York State is not immune to this threat. My administration has made cyber security a top priority and implemented new measures to safeguard our critical infrastructure in New York State. As outlined in our New York State Homeland Security Strategy, these measures include strengthening networking infrastructure through upgrades in outdated infrastructure, introducing new technologies that improve security within State agencies, and developing new partnerships at the federal and local levels. While we constantly monitor and assess our cyber security capabilities, we will continue to be proactive and support our cyber security programs dedicated to the safety and security of all New Yorkers."

At Governor Cuomo's direction, New York State has taken numerous steps to enhance its cyber security capabilities, including:

  • Conducting targeted cyber security preparedness assessments of the financial institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services.
  • Co-locating the New York State Intelligence Center with the Multi-State Information-Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) in October 2013, which fostered greater collaboration between NY State and the Federal Government.
  • Creating a Cyber Security Advisory Board consisting of several of the country’s foremost cyber security experts. The board has provided recommendations on policies and programs that have helped the administration better protect NY State. The board is scheduled to convene its next meeting in April.
  • Announcing a new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the Harriman Campus in Albany to train the next generation of security professionals.
  • Creating a new state-of-the-art data center to better protect NY IT and data services.
  • Establishing the Cyber Analysis Unit within the New York State Police to monitor cyber threats and collect and disseminate vital intelligence on these threats. The Cyber Analysis Unit is fully staffed with expertly trained cyber security professionals and provides sector specific intelligence reports to law enforcement, private businesses, and government entities.

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