Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the members of a state cyber security advisory board Friday, one day after eight Yonkers men were charged in a massive cyber attack on the global banking system.
The board will advise the administration on developments in cyber security and make recommendations for protecting the state’s critical infrastructure and information systems. Cuomo first announced his plans to create the board in his State of the State address in January.
The five-member board includes Richard Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush.
On Thursday, eight members of an alleged cyber crime organization, all residents of Yonkers, were indicted for allegedly participating in a massive international bank robbery carried out over the Internet. The group allegedly inflicted $45 million in losses on the global financial system, including the withdrawal of $2.8 million from ATMs in New York City, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York.
“We must work to defend New Yorkers from cyber threats, ranging from identity theft to consumer fraud to threats to our physical infrastructure,” Cuomo said in his announcement.