New York comptroller warns Haverstraw that town's computers are vulnerable to ransomware

Nancy Cutler

Journal News

Dec 24, 2019

A New York State Comptroller audit knocked Haverstraw for lax internet usage and security protocols that could have left the town exposed to malware and even ransomware attacks.

Town Supervisor Howard Phillips said on Monday that the town had technology policies in place, but they had not been formalized by resolution by the Town Board. He said policies are now being reviewed and written, and expects the Town Board to approve them in early 2020.

"This is the town's first time having an IT audit," Phillips said. He welcomed the state comptroller's feedback. "It's a good thing that the state comes in and does this. We want to protect our residents and our taxpayers."

The audit period took place in January and the comptroller's report was released this month. The audit focused on Haverstraw's Information Technology Department.

The audit reported that the comptroller's office passed information about "sensitive IT control weaknesses" confidentially to town officials.