INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Public safety officials in Indianapolis have joined a national conversation on how to protect citizens and businesses from cyber attacks.
The city’s public safety director, Troy Riggs, returned early Thursday from a forum on the issue in Washington, D.C.
Riggs expressed new concerns about the threat technological hacks pose exclusively with 24-Hour News 8 saying he returned from the conference with a more clear understanding of the realistic risks than what had worried him in the past.
“We know what traditional terrorism looks like. What happens if we have that type of terrorist attack and we have a cyber attack simultaneously? We need to be prepared for that,” Riggs said. “We seem to be in front of many other cities in the nation but believe me, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.”
Riggs joined the Secret Service, FBI and officials from some of the country’s largest cities for the conference. He said Indianapolis was invited for a number of reasons including that experts were impressed by how the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Homeland Security’s Cyber Defense Task Force already operate.
According to Riggs, discussions on how to keep Indianapolis systems protected will be on-going as crimes and technology change.
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