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HAUPPAUGE, NY — A measure designed to improve cyber security coordination across Suffolk’s departments was tabled Tuesday by lawmakers, according to reports.

Under the proposal, information technology workers would meet at least once a month and a new chief information security officer would be expected to oversee policy and compliance for all the county’s departments, as well as submit a risk assessment report twice a year, News 12 reported.


The legislation was proposed in response to the September 2022 cyberattack that all but crippled the county’s operations, forcing some departments like the police department back to using paper forms.

County Executive Steve Bellone later blamed the attack on the clerk’s office, saying the hackers gained access there through a vulnerability in its system.

Bellone visited to the Legislature to urge the bill’s passage, Newsday reported.

“This is the most important thing that you can do to secure the county’s IT future moving forward,” he said.

Representatives from Sheriff Errol Toulon and District Attorney Ray Tierney’s office, as well as County Clerk Vincent Puleo and Comptroller John Kennedy previously asked a legislative committee to reject the bill for fear it would undermine their autonomy, Newsday reported.


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