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Governor Cuomo Highlights Open NY for Sunshine Week


Issues One-Year Report on Open NY Transparency Initiative

Encourages New Yorkers to Engage with Open Data Online at Data.NY.Gov


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today honored Sunshine Week by issuing a one-year report on Open NY, an initiative aimed at increasing citizens' engagement with their government, and encouraging New Yorkers to visit the State's comprehensive data transparency website, Data.NY.Gov. The Open NY One-Year Report, which reviews accomplishments and sets the stage for the future of the initiative, is available on Data.NY.Gov.


Read the entire March 18th press release.


ITS Names Executive Deputy Chief Information Officer


Mahesh Nattanmai has been appointed Executive Deputy Chief Information Officer at the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). In his new role, Mahesh will report directly to Brian Digman, NYS Chief Information Officer, and will represent the State’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. He will be responsible for the delivery and operation of major IT services and will provide expert advice in all areas related to strategic planning and agency policy development. Mahesh has played significant leadership roles in several key transformation programs, including the consolidation of IT functions under ITS. Mahesh will start on January 23.


Marking Our First Year


November 22 marks the One Year Anniversary of the creation of the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). ITS provides an incredible opportunity for State government to better serve New York by uniting 4,000+ technology professionals into one organization focused on providing best-in-class IT service. The NYS Chief Information Officer Brian Digman thanks ITS staff for their efforts as they work side-by-side to build this new government agency. ITS looks forward to continued successes in the years to come.



Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement with Microsoft for Statewide Implementation of Office365


$3 million annual savings from cloud-based system that will consolidate email and Office applications


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an agreement between New York State and Microsoft that will allow all state Executive agencies to move to Microsoft Office365, a single operating platform that will provide consolidated email systems, access to familiar Office applications, and shared calendaring in a cloud-based system. Prior to this agreement, there were more than 27 different email, word and data processing systems in use at state agencies. Moving to a common platform is anticipated to save approximately $3 million annually in license fees, hardware, maintenance, energy, and personnel costs. The agreement, which is the first of its kind in New York, is the result of the Governor’s strategic sourcing and information technology (IT) transformation projects.


Read the entire August 13th press release.


Governor Cuomo Releases Provisional Open Data Guidelines to Increase Transparency Among State Agencies


New York Becomes First State to Publish Draft
Open Data Handbook on GitHub


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today released provisional open data guidelines for state agencies and public authorities to participate in Open.ny.gov, marking another milestone for the State’s data transparency website. With this action, New York is the first state in the nation to publish its provisional open data guidelines and seek public comment on GitHub, an open source platform that allows for open collaboration and sharing. Public comment is open until September 1, 2013.


To view the provisional guidelines, go to: https://github.com/nys-its/open-data-handbook


Read the entire June 13th press release.


Conference Brought Internationally Recognized Cyber Security Experts to Albany

The 16th Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference was held June 4-5, 2013 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Recognized as the premier Northeast conference for cyber security education, the event was co-hosted by the NYS Office of Information Technology Services’ Enterprise Information Security Office, the New York State Forum, Inc., and the University at Albany's School of Business and College of Computing and Information.


The conference featured a welcome by Fran Reiter, Executive Deputy Director of State Operations, a keynote address by Michael Papay, Vice President of Information Security and Cyber Initiatives for Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector and Chief Information Security Officer, who presented “Recommended Cyber Actions for Large Enterprises: An Industry Perspective.” Billy Rios of Cylance provided the Annual Symposium on Information Assurance’s keynote talk “Why every CSO needs to know Industrial Control Systems (ICS).”


The event drew over 1,000 attendees from government, the private sector, and academia to the Capital Region. This year’s conference theme was Helping Navigate Stormy Seas.


New State-of-the-Art Data Center at SUNY's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

A milestone for the State and the Office of Information Technology Services with the announcement by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that New York will house its new, state-of-the-art data center at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) as part of a partnership between the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), New York State Office of General Services (OGS), and CNSE to make government IT operations and services more efficient and reliable.[April 10, 2013]

Enterprise Information Security Office

With the passage of the 2013-14 NYS Executive Budget, the functions, powers, and duties of the Office of Cyber Security have been transferred to the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). The NYS Office of Cyber Security is now called the ITS Enterprise Information Security Office (EISO). Welcome EISO!

ITS Operations (formerly IT Delivery Services and IT Customer Relationship Management Services) has a new name:

Enterprise Operations

Gary Kuchark has been named Deputy Chief Operations Officer. On behalf of the newly named Enterprise Operations, we extend a hearty congratulations to Gary and look forward to working with him.

Governor Cuomo Launches Open.NY.Gov Providing Public Unprecedented User-Friendly Access to Federal, State and Local Data