How the NYPD’s fingerprint database got shut down by a computer virus
The NYPD’s high-tech fingerprint database was temporarily brought down by a bumbling contractor with a virus-infected mini computer, The Post has learned. A contractor was setting up a digital display.
Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate, KnowBe4 offers perspective.
“This incident serves as a reminder that even with good technical controls in place, all it takes for one act of negligence by an employee or contractor such as clicking on a link, or as in this case, plugging in an infected device into the network for trouble to spread rapidly.
While most organisations have policies in place that prevent the use of removable media, or define how they should be used – simply having procedure written down is not sufficient on its own. People need to be made aware and frequently reminded of the policies, the requirements, and the risks associated with not conforming to them.”