New York Becomes First State To Hold Cyber Attack Drills

June 01, 2018 - 11:56 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Russian hackers probed election systems in 21 states during the 2016 presidential election.

Looking to protect against future attacks, New York state and federal officials held a drill Thursday where they ran through possible cyber attack scenarios.

The drill in Albany operated like how a law enforcement agency would train for an active shooter situation, except during this drill everyone sat at their desks staring at computers.

They ran through different scenarios like social media manipulation and disruption of voting machines.

Not only were local election officials learning better how to deal with those type of cyber attacks, state and federal officials learned where the current knowledge gaps are so that they can apply those lessons learned across the entire state.

New York is the first state in the country to hold these type of cyber-attack preparedness drill.

Five more drills will take place before this November’s midterm election.

The goal is to ensure that the state’s voting process is protected from outside influence.

The drills are a joint operation by the Department of Homeland Security and New York's Board of Elections.