June 2015 marks the 18th New York State Cyber Security Conference and 10th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance (ASIA) and we invite you to participate in this great event. Share your experience and knowledge by submitting a presentation proposal. The 2015 Conference will be held on June 2 - 3 in Albany, New York and is co-hosted by the New York State Office of Information Technology Services Enterprise Information Security Office, the University at Albany’s School of Business and College of Computing and Information, and The NYS Forum, Inc.
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The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) announces release of the first New York State IT Strategic Plan 2014-2017. This plan articulates New York State’s information technology goals from an enterprise perspective and lays out the strategies and foundation for achieving those goals. ITS’s strategies rely heavily on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision for IT service delivery and information technology in New York State. As ITS strengthens its foundation, New York State will begin to realize many of the benefits associated with a modern and smaller infrastructure footprint, significantly fewer disparate products and technologies, and streamlined processes.
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June 12, 2014
The New York State Enterprise Information Security Office (EISO) presented two awards at the June 2 Executive Briefing on Cyber Security in Albany, NY. This award recognizes New York State employees who have made a significant contribution to their organization and have demonstrated a continued commitment to support and enhance cyber security activities in New York State.
This year, the award has gone to two outstanding professionals. Both have made significant contributions to the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS).
The first award winner is: Christopher Stanley
Chris is the Director of Information Security for the ITS Health Cluster. He is responsible for protecting some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens in the Department of Health, the Office of Mental Health, and the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, as well as protecting the data in those agencies and the Office of Medicaid Inspector General. Chris has been instrumental on many enterprise projects as an advisor and Subject Matter Expert in helping to guide the NYS standards and policies.
The ITS EISO is pleased to recognize Chris for the exceptional service he provides NYS in the area of cyber security.
The 2nd award winner is: Michael McManus
Michael McManus is a Security Architect for NYS Office of Information Technology Services Chief Technology Office (CTO). During his time with the Infrastructure Team at the CTO, Michael has demonstrated a combination of technical, communication, and leadership skills that are exceptional among his peers. He is a natural communicator with proven ability to articulate and simplify complex technical concepts verbally and in writing. Michael’s technical knowledge of information security is excellent, and he continues to learn and develop new skills, as he has earned many industry certifications. His passion and energy is evident daily through his contributions to the team.
The ITS EISO is pleased to recognize Michael for the exceptional service he provides NYS in the area of cyber security.
Please join us in recognizing and congratulating these two well-deserving professionals for their hard-work and outstanding contributions!
Previous Years' Award Winners
Karen Sorady (ITS Enterprise Information Security Office)
Janet Carmack (ITS Enterprise Information Security Office)
Ted Phelps (State University of New York)
Roger Michael (NYS Worker's Compensation Board)
Michael Springer (NYS Dormitory Authority)
Deborah Snyder (NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance)
Marilyn MacBride (NYS Department of Motor Vehicles)
Ramon Rodriguez (NYS Office of State Comptroller)
|(L to R) Kishor Bagul, Brian Digman, Deb Snyder, Michael McManus, and Rajiv Rao|
|(L to R) Brian Digman, Deb Snyder, Chris Stanley, and John Norton|
June 3-4, 2014
The 17th Annual New York State Cyber Security Conference (NYSCSC ’14) and 9th Annual Symposium on Information Assurance (ASIA ’14) held June 3-4 , 2014 at the Empire State Plaza, had record-breaking attendance, with 1,134 attendees. Recognized as the premier Northeast conference for cyber security education, the event was co-hosted by the New York State Office of Information Technology Services Enterprise Information Security Office, the NYS Forum, Inc., and the University at Albany's School of Business and College of Computing and Information.
Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator provided the keynote “The Administration’s Perspective on Cybersecurity” on June 4. Members of the Governor’s Cyber Security Advisory Board engaged in an interactive discussion of current challenges facing the information security community for the June 3 keynote.
New to the Conference this year were two training classes on Cyber Incident Analysis and Digital Forensic Incident Response, a live cyber challenge (Panoply), and a mobile event guide. Conference sessions covered a wide range of timely security themes and topics.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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
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.
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]
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: