Posted January 21, 2020 13:24:00In the midst of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, it’s easy to forget that our data center is in fact a public safety infrastructure.
Our data centers are among the most valuable assets in the country and, in fact, the U.K. government has invested $20 billion into the UHF network.
But as the city of New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, and the city’s public safety department began laying the groundwork for the massive upgrade, the infrastructure they had built was vulnerable to a massive hack.
The breach, dubbed the “New York Stock Exchanges Breach,” was first reported by Bloomberg, which detailed a massive breach that had exposed a massive amount of personal data and data belonging to a number of major U.R.G.V. companies, including U.F.O.E. (Unified Fuel Oil Distributors) and LNG-Gas (LNG-Tanker).
The hack involved an attack on a private, unprotected network, meaning the breach would not have been discovered unless a network administrator had compromised the data and used the data to launch a massive attack.
The New York City Department of Information Technology (DIT) was aware of the breach but not in charge of the investigation.
Instead, the Department of the Mayor’s Office of Communications (MOOC) took over.
The city is responsible for running and maintaining the data center in the Bronx, which is where the breach occurred.MOOC was responsible for managing the security and information sharing measures that were put in place at the time of the incident.
In its statement, the MOOC said:”The City’s information technology team, led by Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Adam Silverman, was the first to respond to the incident and has been working closely with the DIT since that time.
We are extremely grateful to the City for their immediate and prompt response and look forward to working closely in the future with our partners and the broader industry to help protect the City’s data centers.”
This incident is only the latest in a long line of cybersecurity failures that have plagued U.N. data centers, particularly in light of a series of breaches that occurred in recent years, including one in 2015 that compromised the personal information of over 100 million people in Russia and another in 2018 that compromised data from more than 60 million people around the world.
In February, the International Federation of the Red Cross announced it had found vulnerabilities in its data centers in Iran and Ukraine, and in September, the United Nations Human Rights Council called for a complete overhaul of its data center operations.
In response to this growing concern, U.H.S.’s data center network security management and assessment group has been in the process of developing an operational framework that will include a framework for protecting U.B.N.’s and its employees, a framework to ensure that data is protected and a framework that outlines best practices for implementing a security and data breach response plan, among other things.
The group also said that it has created an internal governance structure to help ensure that the business of U.M.H., the data network owned by the UH.
M.’s New York data center, will remain safe and secure, as well as a roadmap for the implementation of that framework.