Councilman Wants To Create Agency To Protect NYC From Cyber Attacks

December 13, 2018 - 2:42 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A City Council member has written a bill to establish a permanent office to protect New York City from hackers.

Councilman Ritchie Torres introduced his plan for the Office of Cyber Command Thursday, noting that the highest obligation of government is public safety.

He believes elected officials have an obligation to protect people not only in a physical space, but also cyber space.

Torres told WCBS 880: “If six inches of snow can bring the city to a grinding halt, can you imagine what a cyber-attack could do to our critical infrastructure?”

The councilman added, “We're leaving in a world where all the basic functions of government are increasingly computerized, whether it be mass transit, energy production and distribution, public safety, emergency services. So a cyber-attack could literally bring the whole city to a grinding halt and do irreparable damage.”

Torres declared that we’re living in a “Brave New World” where we are one malicious attack away from catastrophic damage to our critical infrastructure.

He says: “We have to make sure that we have a single agency — the Office Of Cyber Command— that is coordinating cyber defense against these threats.”