ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a $30 million shared services program to improve cyber defenses across New York state.
As part of the program, New York’s counties will be offered cyberthreat detection and response services at no cost to them. It’s technology used to protect computers or servers, by monitoring and reacting to cyber threats in real-time.
“My administration is laser focused on providing cyber security resources for local governments,” Governor Hochul said. “By launching this new $30 million program, we are bolstering the state’s capabilities to respond to the evolving threat of cyberattacks and strengthening our ability to protect New York’s institutions, infrastructure, citizens and public safety.”
The governor’s office says these services can protect entire networks by detecting threats and will allow New York State cyber security teams to effectively track attacks.
The governor’s office also says that many local governments currently do not have resources necessary to protect their systems from cyberattacks and ransomware, including systems which provide critical services such as healthcare, emergency management, utility services as well as law enforcement.