Oyster Bay’s inspector general is working to restore the city’s computer system, official says

The city of Oyster Bay’s inspector general is working to help restore the city’s computer systems after they closed Dec. 3, city spokesman Brian Nevin said Thursday.

Newsday reported Wednesday that the city’s email system had been down since at least Monday, causing emails to city officials to bounce as undeliverable. The city expects the email system to be fully restored by Saturday, Nevin said Tuesday.

Nevin on Thursday declined to make Inspector General Brian Noone available to speak about the computer issues that extended into their seventh day.

“His priority is the recovery process right now,” Nevin said in a text message.

City Supervisor Joseph Saladino wrote in a 2019 letter to residents that Noone was “working to strengthen cybersecurity to protect the city’s financial information from hackers.”

City officials provided few details about the issues, but Nevin wrote Thursday that “at this point the residents’ Social Security numbers have not been compromised.

Oyster Bay Democratic Leader David Mejias said in a statement Thursday that he was concerned about ongoing computer issues.

“The city is responsible for protecting the personal information of its residents and any potential incident that compromises this information is of great concern,” Mejias said.

The city did not say the problems stemmed from a cyberattack, but it did raise the possibility of such attacks in financial documents, saying in August that “as a recipient and provider of personal, private or sensitive information , the city faces multiple cyber threats.” including… hacking, viruses, malware and other attacks.”

Joel Caminer, director of cybersecurity training at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, said municipalities can face challenges because they may have “a lot of legacy technologies that aren’t necessarily as secure and difficult to maintain and maintain patched and updated”.

Gordon K. Morehouse