New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of cybersecurity proposals that are designed to protect consumers and government entities from cybercrime and identity theft. One of the proposals includes the creation of a Cyber Incident Response Team that would support state and local government bodies, critical infrastructure and schools. It will be led by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services within the Counter Terrorism Unit.
The team will work with the private sector and governmental agencies to protect systems and critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks, including malware and ransomware, and will have a hotline in order to report incidents.
The proposal includes beefing up punishment for computer tampering and identity theft, and those who prey on seniors and the disabled.