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Safety Officials Warn Of Possible Cyber-Terrorism Attacks

Indianapolis has reached out to corporate partners to reduce their vulnerability.

Some cities in Indiana could become the target of a simultaneous attack by cyber-terrorists and conventional terrorists, according to state public safety officials.

Officials in Indianapolis say attempts have been made to hack the city’s $73 million communications platform, which protects emergency radio, computer traffic, and more than 1.4 million 911 calls per year.

Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said there are two things the city is trying to do.

“We’re trying to keep them from succumbing to a cyber-attack but if their systems do shut down, that they also have the ability to get up to speed as quickly as possible,” Riggs said.

The Indianapolis system is a standalone network at an undisclosed location, specially hardened against cyber-attacks.

Indianapolis plans to host a day long cyber-security summit in the coming weeks, which will feature congressional and homeland security experts as well as corporate leaders.

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