First Hudson Valley cyber security summit held

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Some 300 people attended the first Hudson Valley cybersecurity summit at Marist College on Wednesday.

The half-day conference included discussions of what to do in the event of a cyber-attack; cybersecurity insurance and compliance; building an effective cybersecurity plan; and learning effective response through a simulated cyber-attack.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said cyber-attacks “do not just affect large corporations, especially following recent cybersecurity breaches to local government agencies such as the Los Angeles County Department of Health, Maryland Department of Labor, and FEMA.”

He said it is governments’ “responsibility to protect citizens’ private information and be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars by preparing for and protecting against possible cyber-attacks.”