NYS ITS Announces 23rd Annual Cyber Security Conference

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Alicia Biggs
Premiere Cyber Security Event Draws Over 1,300 Cyber Security Professionals Virtually to Discuss Latest Industry Trends.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) today announced that the 23rd Annual Cyber Security Conference, New York's premier cyber security event, begins virtually today, bringing more than 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 virtually through tomorrow, June 9, aligns the state's longstanding commitment to protect New Yorkers and businesses from cyber threats and improve the safety and security of the State.

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.

"In this digital age, cyber security is of paramount importance," said New York State Chief Information Officer Angelo 'Tony' Riddick. "Thanks to the leadership of [former] 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 Karen Sorady 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 cyberattacks, 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. Dr. Sanjay Goel, 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. Now, more than ever we need to train and educate a new generation of cyber security professionals to protect national secrets and intellectual property from our determined and tenacious adversaries who are constantly probing our defenses for vulnerabilities. We are thrilled to cosponsor the premier cyber security event in the Northeast and work towards our collective goal of making New York and our nation safer."

The 2021 conference features more than 50 sessions, many of them including interactive discussions led by subject matter experts in government and the private sector. FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia whose company discovered the Solar Winds hack will deliver the opening keynote address.

For more information on the 23rd Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference, visit the conference website at https://its.ny.gov/2021-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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