Secretary of Homeland Security Supports Cyber Security Proposal

Published 03/28 2014 04:48PM

Updated 03/28 2014 05:16PM

The nation's first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security visited Greater Binghamton.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was a guest of Congressman Richard Hanna on a tour of the West End Armory in Binghamton. The Armory houses the 204th Engineer Battalion of the New York National Guard.

Ridge voiced his support for a Hanna proposal that would make Guardsmen with cyber security skills available to local governments in the event of a cyber attack on public infrastructure.

"There is a group of men and women inside this guard that have that expertise that are ready to move. I mean they are going to move the equipment as soon as they are called upon," said Ridge. "They'll move the intellectual capital and experience at the time of a cyber attack and they'll move out just as quickly as they'll move out the equipment."

"This is just one more tool that they'll have to help them respond to a different kind of emergency. A 21st century emergency. That we do see all over the country, all over the world and the guard is pleased to take this on," said Hanna.

Hanna worked to include language in the recent Defense Authorization Act that requires the Department of Defense to conduct an evaluation of the Guard's ability to perform cyber missions.

While in town, Ridge and Hanna also met with local first responders and toured some cyber security research labs at B.U.

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