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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, in collaboration with the County’s Office of Emergency Management and other departments, hosted a cybersecurity tabletop exercise on Thursday, October 12th to test the county’s ability to detect, respond to, and mitigate evolving cyber threats.
A cyberattack is any intentional effort to steal, expose, alter, disable, or destroy data, applications, or other assets through unauthorized access to a network, computer system, or digital device.
“This exercise was part of Orange County’s commitment to continue to evaluate and improve the County’s resilience against natural, technological, and human-caused hazards,” Neuhaus said. “We will remain vigilant about ensuring that County data remains safe and secure, which prevents costly interruptions to the County’s day-to-day operations, knowing that cybercriminals are becoming more and more sophisticated.”
This tabletop exercise brought together key stakeholders from county government and the private sector to simulate the response to various cybersecurity scenarios. Participants collaboratively engaged in scenario-based discussions, providing them with an opportunity to evaluate the county’s cybersecurity preparedness and decision-making processes in a training environment. The exercise covered a wide range of topics, including ransomware attacks, data breaches, and the continuity of critical systems.
According to the 2023 Data Breach Investigation Report, 74 percent of all cyber security breaches include the human element, where employees are targeted through malicious tactics such as stolen login credentials or social engineering. Cyber-attacks like this can result in sensitive data being stolen and held for ransom. Suffolk County on Long Island is still recovering from the impacts of a 2022 ransomware attack demanding $2.5 million that forced the county government offline for weeks.