CHAIRMAN BALL ANNOUNCES CYBERSECURITY HEARING

 

    Brewster, N.Y. – 10/21/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will host a Cybersecurity public hearing entitled: ‘Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacks’ in conjunction with five other New York State Senate Committees.

    Assuring the security of information is a constant and growing concern. News reports have been replete with accounts of cyber attacks, where computer systems, and the valuable information they maintain, have suffered invasion, attack, theft and/or destruction.

    As a result, the issue of securing computers and their networks from these attacks has become an important issue of concern for state government. Senator Greg Ball believes that New York State needs to do all that it can to be at the forefront of cyber security.

    “In the new world we live in, everything from medical records to banking information is now digital. With the stroke of a key and very limited resources, those seeking to hurt the United States can do so in this new cyber age. What many citizens, including elected officials, do not realize is that our soft underbelly in cyber security leaves us wide open to attacks on a daily basis. This new digital age provides countless benefits, but also creates serious security risks and we must address this new reality as a state with a very clear eye,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As the Chairman of Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee I am committed to staying on top of this technology shift and working together as a state to protect New Yorkers from cyber attacks.”

    “This hearing will take a close look at the increasing threat posed by cyber threats, examine what New York State is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could threaten homeland security, commerce and state government, and determine the state’s preparedness to respond to a cyber attack,” Senator Griffo said. “Maintaining the integrity of our computer systems and personal information is vital, and it is imperative that we are vigilant in our efforts against online intrusions.”

    The joint hearing will be held on November 18, 2013 at the Griffiss Institute at 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, NY 13441, commencing at 12:00 p.m. The hearing will be a joint effort of six NYS Senate Standing Committees:

    -          Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs, Chaired by Senator Greg Ball (R-C, Patterson)

    -          Banking, Chaired by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome)

    -          Insurance, Chaired by Senator James Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta)

    -          Commerce, Economic Development & Small Business, Chaired by

    Senator David Valesky (D, Oneida)

    -          Crime Victims, Crime & Correction, Chaired by Senator Pat Gallivan

    (R-C-I, Elma) and

    -   Science, Technology, Incubation & Entrepreneurship, Chaired by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn)

    According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, in 2012 alone, victims reported more than $500 million in losses due to various types of internet fraud and computer crimes. Cyber crime poses a global threat, with England declaring that it is an even greater threat than nuclear war.

    For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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