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MAYOR SEGARRA ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHING CYBERSECURITY POLICY

(January 15, 2015) – Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that he has signed an Executive Order establishing a plan to enhance the City’s security protocol against potential cyber threats. The executive order creates a Cyber Intrusion Command Center (CICC) that is charged with identifying any threats or successful cyberattacks, coordinating a response and ensuring that incidents are investigated by the appropriate law enforcement agency. The order also outlines responsibilities for each department in the City, employees and contractors, including limiting data and network access to authorized individuals and protecting the City’s systems, networks, e-mails and hand-held devices with passwords.

“Given an increase of cyberattacks in our country, it is only prudent for the City to take precautions and safeguard sensitive information pertaining to City business and personal employee information,” Mayor Segarra said. “This order is not intended to interfere with any individual’s privacy. It is meant to keep the City and its employees safe.”

A group of key City departments will propose a detailed organizational structure for the CICC within 10 days of the order. The group will present its proposed structure to the Mayor for approval within 30 days. The CICC shall be chaired by Mayor Segarra and shall consist of all City departments. Members of the CICC will report to the Mayor and the City Council regarding any issues that are being addressed.

In addition to participating in the CICC, each department in the City must contribute personnel, resources and data to the CICC. Servers, laptops, desktops and other devices must have anti-virus software installed and updated and departments must remind employees and contractors of cybersecurity policies. Departments must also plan for continuity of operations and for disaster recovery in the event of a successful cyberattack.  The executive order also outlines responsibilities for employees and contractors, including changing passwords every 90 days, protecting all devices used for City business with passwords, being vigilant when using the Internet and e-mail, avoiding the use of personal or unauthorized devices on work computers and limiting the use of City computers to City business.

The City’s information technology department, MetroHartford Information Services, will oversee the City’s technology security strategy. MHIS is responsible for all firewalls, intrusion detection systems, application control engines, annual security audits and penetration tests. It is also responsible for validating, to the Cyber Intrusion Command Center, that departments are diligent in their security practices. MHIS is responsible for ensuring that all cyber technology policies are up to date, City employees receive annual training on cybersecurity, software is maintained and that all City departments have the proper technology to ensure that they can comply with this order.

 

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MAYOR SEGARRA APPLAUDS SELECTION OF HARTFORD AS HOST OF 2017 USA CYCLING CYCLO-CROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

(January 12, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra applauded USA Cycling’s decision to hold the 2017 Cyclo-cross National Championships in the City of Hartford.

“I am thrilled that USA Cycling has recognized Hartford as a destination for this popular, national sporting event, one of several drawn to Hartford this year and in the coming years,” Mayor Segarra said. “An event like this will shine a light on the many things Hartford has to offer, as well as the City’s legacy of bicycle manufacturing. I want to thank the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, Riverfront Recapture and the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau for pulling together to make this happen.”

The CCAP mission is to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Their goal is to provide opportunities in cycling both in and out of schools, through high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs, and youth travel teams. The 2017 USA Cyclo-cross National Championships are to take place in January 2017 at Riverside Park. It is one of several national sporting events taking place in the capital city, including the American Athletic Conference Championships happening in March at the XL Center and the 2016 USA Gymnastics Championships.

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SERIOUS CRIME CONTINUES TO DECLINE IN HARTFORD

(January 12, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra joined James Morton, CEO of the YMCA, Patricia Kelly CEO of the Ebony Horsewomen, Reverend Henry Brown and Police Chief James C. Rovella  to release the City’s 2014 year end crime stats, which show a steady reduction in crime in Hartford, particularly violent crime, when compared to previous years. Certain parts of the city particularly in the North Policing District that includes Clay Arsenal, North Meadows, North East, Blue Hills and Upper Albany showed steep declines.

“Maintaining a safe city takes leadership, collaboration, innovation and resources. Access to resources is a constant challenge, but this hasn’t deterred us from achieving results. In 2014, homicide was down by 17 percent compared to the previous year and 30 percent since 2011. All serious crime, especially gun violence, was significantly down in the capital city. I credit this accomplishment to our focus and to collaboration between the city, the police department and the community. I’m proud of our work together,” Mayor Segarra said. 

“Certainly, the city and the police department’s efforts are to be commended, as well as community based organizations that have been doing a better job of reaching out to young people, keeping them occupied and giving them hope. This has been an all-hands-on-deck situation with everybody working to make the City of Hartford a safer community for all of us,” said James Morton, President and CEO at the YMCA of Greater Hartford.

 

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