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Record #: SR2021-533   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 5/26/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
Final action: 6/25/2021
Title: Call for open hearing(s) to review and evaluate Chicago’s cybersecurity protocols and technology
Sponsors: Villegas, Gilbert
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
Attachments: 1. SR2021-533.pdf, 2. R2021-533.pdf



WHEREAS, Ransomware attacks have increased across the globe by 201% since 2020; and


WHEREAS, In response to the rise of cybersecurity threats throughout the Nation, President Biden signed an Executive Order on May 12, 2021 to combat the problem; and


WHEREAS, President Biden's Executive Order, among many things, will modernize and implement more robust cybersecurity standards in the federal government and create a standard playbook for responding to cyber-attacks; and


WHEREAS, The federal government recognizes the need to actively combat cyber incidents, and so should the City of Chicago; and


WHEREAS, earlier this year, cybercriminals hacked an email transfer device utilized by a third-party vendor, which provided access to tens of thousands of alleged city official emails to and from members of the Mayor's administration; and


WHEREAS, The City's Department of Assets, Information and Services is tasked with ensuring that appropriate cybersecurity measures are in place; and


WHEREAS, Any breach could lead to ransom demands by cybercriminals and raises concern over the security of the City's digital networks; and


WHEREAS, The City should be equipped to handle a sophisticated cyber-attack because failure to do so can encourage bad actors to use criminal means to gain information and cost taxpayers millions of dollars; and, now, therefore,


BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Members of the City Council, call the Committee on Economic, Capital, and Technology Development to hold open hearings and/or briefings to review and evaluate the City of Chicago's cybersecurity protocols and the technology in place.




Gilbert Villegas Alderman, 36th Ward