Governor Cuomo Announces 22nd Annual Cyber Security Conference Begins in Albany

Premier Cyber Security Event Draws 1,300 Cyber Security Professionals to Capital Region to Discuss Latest Industry Trends
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the 22nd Annual Cyber Security Conference, New York's premier cyber security event, begins today in Albany, bringing over 1,300 cyber security professionals from state and local government, academia, and the private sector to discuss emerging developments in the industry and best practices designed to improve the security of New York State. The conference, held at the Empire State Plaza through tomorrow, June 5, aligns with the Governor's longstanding commitment to protect New Yorkers and businesses from cyber threats and improve the safety and security of the State.

"The Annual Cyber Security Conference brings industry professionals from across the state together in one place, working toward the common goal to increase New York's cyber security infrastructure," Governor Cuomo said. "As we face increased cyber threats across the globe, this longstanding conference is more critical than ever to ensure we can continue to lead the nation to protect New Yorkers from devastating cybercrimes."

"We understand the importance of cyber security and continuing to work to combat cyber threats in New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The annual Cyber Security Conference brings thousands of experts and professionals in the field to the Albany area to discuss best practices to improve security across the state. By bringing together the best and the brightest, we are fostering innovative solutions to ensure all New Yorkers' personal information is protected and kept safe."

The annual Conference is hosted by the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), in partnership with the University at Albany School of Business and the New York State Forum, Inc.

Senator Diane Savino said, "We've seen how cyber attacks can affect all levels of government and have a devastating impact on both small and large businesses. Cyber security has never been more important and this event is an important way to help share new ideas across the industry so that people are better protected. I thank Governor Cuomo for continuing to organize this event and look forward to working with those attending to ensure New Yorkers are protected from cyber attacks."

Assembly Member Clyde Vanel said, "We've made great strides by studying and adopting new tech under the guidance of New York State's forward thinking executive, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The 22nd Annual Cyber Security Conference is an opportunity to continue the debate and conversation, and to bring together industry leaders, cyber security experts, government and academia. We must assess and improve cyber security awareness in New York State and we must always continue to educate."

"In this digital age, cyber security is of paramount importance," said New York State Chief Information Officer Robert H. Samson. "Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York is well-prepared to address cyber threats. Industry partners at the New York State Cyber Security Conference help us keep pace with the trends in cyber security. We must all work together to keep New York safe from cyber threats."

New York State Chief Information Security Officer Deborah Snyder said, "Our Annual Cyber Security Conference helps New York State raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and educate our many partners on the most effective cyber security strategies to safeguard their organizations' information. We all have a role to play when it comes to cyber security. In New York, we are doing our part to strengthen the cyber workforce and protect New York's information, systems and critical infrastructure from cyber criminals."

Mario Musolino, Executive Director of The NYS Forum, Inc., said, "Every day there are countless cyber attacks aimed at government, industry and individuals. It is important that we understand what is happening and make sure that we are protecting our valuable assets. This conference is a unique opportunity for all of us to learn from each other regardless of our level of expertise."

"The UAlbany School of Business has a long history of supporting the NYS Cyber Security Conference and organizing the Annual Symposium on Information Assurance. We value this continued collaboration with the New York State Office of Information Technology Services and the resulting interaction of academics and professionals at the event," said Dr. Nilanjan Sen, Dean of the School of Business at the University at Albany. "This conference is instrumental in improving awareness of challenges and new developments in the field to a broad audience. The school's strong focus on digital transformation requires that we not only dig deeper in the field but also share research, trends and challenges. We are thrilled to co-sponsor the premier cyber security event in the Northeast."

"We believe education and awareness are critical to address today's ever-increasing cyber threats, and for that reason it is a focus of our cybersecurity outreach to local governments," said Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Patrick Murphy. "The 22nd Annual Conference will address these efforts and other important initiatives. This annual event underscores the importance that stakeholders from across government, the private sector and academia must continue to work together to combat the increasing amount of cyber threats facing the public, business and government."

"With emerging technologies, law enforcement is constantly challenged by criminals online," said New York State Police Acting Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. "Through this conference, we can boost cyber security awareness and collaborate with public and private partners, sharing information and strategies to help protect New Yorkers and meet new threats head-on."

"Education and information sharing by all levels of government and academia has benefitted New York State's cyber readiness," said New York State Board of Elections Co-Executive Director Robert A. Brehm. "This conference can increase cybersecurity awareness by updating us on emerging technology and trends."

The 2019 conference features more than 50 sessions, many of them including interactive discussions led by subject matter experts in government and the private sector. Google Cybersecurity Executive Michael Aiello delivered the opening keynote address entitled "Cyber Fragility in 2019." His address encouraged audience members to consider the approaches modern organizations are taking to reduce risk, build trust in technology, and analyze how emerging attacks may impact themselves and their organizations.

For more information on the 22nd Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference, visit the conference website at https://its.ny.gov/2019-nyscsc. For highlights of the event, follow us on Twitter

About ITS

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) was created in 2012 to transform IT services in an effort to make New York State government work smarter for its citizens and enable the state to be accessible for businesses through the use of technology. ITS provides statewide IT strategic direction, directs IT policy and delivers centralized IT products and services that support the mission of the State. ITS operates data centers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to support statewide mission-critical applications for over 50 Agencies, over 17 million citizen accounts, 120,000 employee accounts, 60,000 phones, 99,000 desktops and laptops, and 3,433 Virtual Desktop remote connections. ITS operates a secure network of over 1,600 miles of fiber to deliver telecommunications, Internet and Intranet services, enterprise email systems and support, IT training, networking, data storage and processing to State government entities in addition to developing new services in support of citizens, businesses and State Agencies.

For more information, visit https://its.ny.gov and follow us on Twitter @nysits.

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