January 24, 2019
New York State Reminds New Yorkers to Protect Themselves from Cyber Crime in Recognition of Data Privacy Day
New Yorkers Encouraged to Protect Digital Information
"Data Privacy Day serves as an important reminder about how we can keep our data safe from cyber criminals with tips we can follow all year long," said New York State Chief Information Officer Robert H. Samson. "While New York State is a leader in keeping New York's critical infrastructure secure, thanks in large part to Governor Cuomo's leadership, taking appropriate steps to safeguard personal information to minimize risk and avoid becoming a victim is the responsibility of all New Yorkers."
“This is a great opportunity to remind New Yorkers of online dangers and to take steps to safeguard their personal information,” said New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “All New Yorkers should perform online security checks and be vigilant to prevent breaches that could wreak financial chaos on people’s lives.”
According to the 2017 Internet Crime Report published by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York State ranked fourth-highest in the nation in the number of internet crimes reported, costing State consumers more than $88 million in losses. This is a decrease from the $106 million in losses the previous year.
To keep personal information and data safe, follow these tips:
Acting Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Nonie Manion said, “This reminder to safeguard sensitive personal information is a timely one, as the tax filing season is now underway. Identity thieves routinely use the stolen sensitive personal information to file fraudulent refund claims. If you think you may be a victim of tax-related identity theft, please visit our Report fraud, scams, and identity theft webpage for assistance.”
Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo said, “New York continues to be at the forefront in protecting both the critical data of consumers and the financial services industry, as demonstrated by our landmark cybersecurity and credit reporting regulations. Today we urge consumers to do what we they can to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to ensure personal data does not end up in the hands of cyber criminals.”
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino, Sr. said, “In the modern world, personal information has become some of the most sought-after information for cyber criminals as they not only have the ability to sell it for a profit, but also use it to further their own illegal activities. By following some simple, common-sense steps, New Yorkers can protect both their and their family’s personal information and ensure they never become a victim of cybercrime.”
New York State Chief Information Security Officer Deborah Snyder said, "National Data Privacy Day brings awareness to the importance of protecting personal information. The Internet makes it easier than ever to share data and files. However, many people don't recognize the potential privacy risks of their online activities."
For more helpful cyber tips, and additional online safety resources, including real-time advisories, visit the New York State Office of Information Technology Services website at https://its.ny.gov/eiso.
For more information on security breaches and avoiding identity theft visit the Division of Consumer Protection website at http://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/security_breach/. Consumers may also contact the Division's Consumer Assistance Helpline at (800) 697-1220. You can also follow the Division of Consumer Protection on social media on Twitter (@NYSConsumer) and Facebook ( www.facebook.com/nysconsumer).