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A month after a cyberattack crippled the University of Vermont Health Network’s computer systems, officials announced Monday that an important restoration of the system was completed over the weekend.

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Two weeks ago, the Springfield Public Schools were forced to abruptly pause remote learning for 26,000 students when the district’s computer network was hit by a ransomware attack.

With cybersecurity attacks on the rise nationwide, Dutchess County wants community leaders to be better prepared. To this end, the county is hosting its inaugural Hudson Valley Cyber Security Summit Wednesday.

Richard A. Clarke served for thirty years in national security policy roles in the US Government, first in the Pentagon, then the State Department, and finally for an unprecedented decade of continuous service for three Presidents in the White House.

In the White House National Security Council for President Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43) he served as Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism (“Terrorism Czar’), and Special Advisor for Cyberspace (the first “Cyber Czar”).

His latest book, co-authored by Robert Knake is "The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats."

Sen. Chuck Schumer holds a photo of UAlbany's Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex under construction.
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced a program to train New York’s college students to work in the cybersecurity industry.

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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is also the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  In both roles, cybersecurity is his top priority, and he has testified before Congress on the importance of assuring election security.  The Democrat was in Boston last week as the keynote speaker at a conference titled “Building a New Cyber Security Paradigm.” Secretary Condos tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that Vermont began securing all its computer systems in 2013 and the state is considered a leader in cybersecurity.

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The Cuomo administration has launched a survey to give New Yorkers an opportunity to provide feedback about online data privacy issues.

"There will be a financial impact, though. You know, this is not, again, this isn't a victimless crime."
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered an update on the city’s recent ransomware attack.

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Vermont's Norwich University is getting $7.3 million in grants to help support the school's cyber security work.

Senator Patrick Leahy, students and Champlain College officials at the Leahy Center For Digital Investigation
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In 2015, Champlain College won SC Magazine’s award for the Best Cybersecurity Higher Education program in the nation.  The Leahy Center for Digital Investigation was created in 2010 as a professional digital forensics and cybersecurity lab, allowing students to work with the public and private sector. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy toured the facility this week.

Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, as a high-end Category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph. According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the hurricane hit the island with the destructive force of a "50- to 60-mile-wide tornado.” Destroying the island’s power grid, and decimating the territory’s agricultural industries, the storm left a shattered infrastructure, a crippled economy, and numerous public health emergencies.

Tonight, a distinguished panel from diverse fields will address questions regarding the ongoing humanitarian crisis and its lessons for the future in an event presented by The New York State Writers Institute and cosponsored by the Journalism Program of the University at Albany Department of Communication. The event, entitled "The Lessons of Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico: The Hurricane, the Response, Preparing for Future Disasters," is free and open to the public and will take place at Page Hall on UAlbany’s Downtown Campus at 7:30 p.m.

One of the panelists is Robert Griffin - founding dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany, the first college of its kind in the nation.

Dean Griffin has a long career in homeland security at the Federal and local levels of government. He served as the acting undersecretary for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the deputy undersecretary for Science and Technology, and director of the Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group.

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Last week, the FBI raided the home of a Niskayuna man they say stole trade secrets from General Electric’s power division in Schenectady, and took him away in handcuffs. The GE employee with ties to China is accused of hiding company files in an image of a sunset, which he then sent to a personal email address. Charges filed do not allege that the man sold the information.  

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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is the president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  A key priority he plans to focus on is election security. In March, he testified before the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence on the topic and this week the Democrat returned to testify before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

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New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will visit the campus of SUNY Adirondack today to meet with school leaders about cybersecurity.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott made additional appointments to his Cybersecurity Advisory Team on Monday.

The New York State Writers Institute’s Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World is a multi-day forum which will explore timely topics critical to an open democratic society including the rise of "fake news" and "alternative facts;" pressures on the First Amendment and a free press; media literacy; information overload; hacking and cybersecurity; and issues of race and class, among others.

Featured appearances will include Kurt Andersen, journalist, editor, radio host, and author of the new book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History; Bob Schieffer, former anchor of CBS Evening News and Face the Nation; Floyd Abrams, the nation's preeminent First Amendment lawyer; Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of HUFFPOST and more than two dozen prominent journalists, editors, historians, and authors. 

Author and journalist Paul Grondahl is the Director of The New York State Writer’s Institute and he joins us along with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and founder and Executive Director of the Writers Institute, William Kennedy.

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In light of the recent massive data breach at the credit reporting company Equifax, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is taking steps to make sure that in the future, the credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place.


Cybersecurity officials often warn us not to use the same password for every banking, email and social media account, but creating so many unique codes is a hassle to remember. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Brent Heeringa, chair of the Williams College Computer Science Department, about his new app, Valt, which uses photos, rather than passwords, to get into safeguarded accounts.

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In the wake of an international ransomware attack that impacted thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, Jim Hendler of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is in the studio to discuss cybersecurity. Jim is the Director of the Institute For Data Exploration and Applications. He is also the former chief scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

From left: Jonathan Rajewski, Devi Momot, Vermont Assistant Attorney General Ryan Kriger, JayKramer, Paul Konschak
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Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont is home to the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation.  The state-of-the-art lab allows students to assist in computer forensics and digital investigations in the public and private sectors.  The facilities recently hosted a cybersecurity forum for businesses and non-profits to help them understand digital threats.

Burlington Electric General Manager Neale Lunderville holds laptop that led to hacking report
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A recent cybersecurity conference at Champlain College in Burlington discussed how companies should respond to cyber threats.  In a case study highlighting how to deal with reporters after a hacking, officials from the FBI and Burlington Electric Department discussed how they handled widely publicized reports that the utility had been hacked by Russians, when it wasn’t.

The state is giving UMass Amherst $5 million to establish a public-private data science and cybersecurity research collaborative.

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The University at Albany has launched a new bachelor’s degree program in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity.

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The MassMutual Foundation has announced a $15 million grant to support the cybersecurity program at UMass Amherst over the next 10 years.

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Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information on hundreds of thousands of people.

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New York's Senior U.S. Senator is raising concern about threats to upstate power grids, bank databases and telecommunications network systems.

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Cybersecurity is a growing educational and professional field as well as an increasing concern for governments, companies and individuals who store or disclose sensitive information online. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a talk at Berkshire Community College Saturday focused on how people can protect their information online. The speaker is Dr. Larry Snyder, the director of Bay Path University’s cybersecurity program in Springfield. Snyder has nearly three decades of experience in law enforcement, fraud and auditing with the U.S. Army and a variety of industries. Snyder spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about cybersecurity and online threats.

Marist Teams Up With Tech Company For Cybersecurity

May 10, 2015
The city has not revealed the type of ransomware it was infected with, if it knows who was behind the attack, or where it originated from.
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A college in the Hudson Valley has teamed up with a technology company to launch a cybersecurity initiative.

1/14/15 Panel

Jan 14, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post & WAMC’s Ray Graf.

Topics include the Charlie Hebdo cover, Methane Emission Rules, Cybersecurity, Boko Haram, and Rep. Randy Weber's Twitter mistake.

10/22/14 Panel

Oct 22, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ben Bradlee
Cybersecurity and iCloud in China
CIA on Panetta
Ukraine Economy
Renee Zellweger