In view of the looming war in Europe especially between Russia and Ukraine, New York governor Kathy Hochul had decided to convened her cabinet Sunday for a review of the state’s cybersecurity defenses.
Hochul said to protect New York’s infrastructure from cyberattacks, her office has been in close contact with the White House and the federal Homeland Security Department.
“The reality is that because New York State is a leader in the finance, health care, energy and transportation sectors, our state is an attractive target for cybercriminals and foreign adversaries,” Hochul said.
“It is my top priority to keep New Yorkers safe, and we will remain vigilant,” Hochul added.
The first lady governor of New York added that leaders in her cabinet would engage in continuing reviews of possible threats, and called on New Yorkers to remain cognizant of possible cyberstrikes on their personal devices.
Meanwhile, New York City mayor Eric Adams directed the New York City Cyber Command to be on heightened alert for a possible cyberattack.
Sources said before becoming a mayor, Adams warned that a devastating cyberattack could freeze basic city systems like water and electricity.
“Mayor Adams is regularly briefed by the police commissioner and the city’s chief technology officer about potential threats and is aware of the potentially heightened threat now driven by world events,” Fabien Levy, a City Hall spokesman, said in a statement.