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Hunterdon County Department Of Public Safety warns of ‘elevated’ cyber security status

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety has received several warnings from state and federal agencies regarding potential cyber threats from various suspects, according to Hunterdon County Commissioner Board member Susan J. Soloway.

Commissioner Soloway, the Board’s Department of Public Safety liaison, said, “The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, known as ‘NJ Kick’ in the public safety world, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, have advised the county’s Public Safety Department that the cyber threat level in New Jersey is now raised to elevated, due to potential retaliatory attacks stemming from sanctions against Russia. This threat level indicates significant risk due to increased hacking, virus, or other malicious activity that compromises systems or diminishes service.”

In 2015 the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness formed ‘NJ Kick’ to protect the state from cyber threats and attacks. The ‘NJ Kick’ office shares critical information, analyzes cyber threats and encourages the public to report any incidents to reduce the state’s overall cyber risk, Soloway said.

“’NJ Kick’ states that at the elevated level, there are known vulnerabilities that are being exploited with a moderate level of damage or disruption, or the potential for significant damage or disruption is high, Soloway said.

“I am advised that the county’s I.T. operation is prepared. The system has multi-layers of defense in place for detecting threats that blocks senders from known threats,” Soloway said.

The County’s I.T. Department reports that defense includes blocking internet traffic from countries known for malicious email traffic, sophisticated firewalls for intrusion defense, high level virus protections for personal computers and Servers, and an intrusion detection system which was provided by homeland security.

“The public is urged to refer to the latest ‘NJ Kick’ Advisory and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s ‘Shields Up’ website for the latest risk mitigation practices,” Soloway said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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