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Yates County entering into joint cybersecurity agreement with the state

Cybercriminals are increasingly attempting to attack government computers, so Yates County is entering into a joint cybersecurity agreement with the state.

Two state agencies launch partnership to monitor local governments’ IT infrastructure

Yates County Administrator Nonie Flynn says under the agreement, two state agencies will monitor the county’s IT infrastructure and work to keep it safe from attack.

In February, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the creation of the NY Joint Security Operations Center. (JSOC) The Governor says it’s a first-in-the-nation partnership between the state and local governments.

“There is a new type of emerging risk that threatens our daily lives, and just as we improved our physical security infrastructure in the aftermath of 9/11, we must now transform how we approach cybersecurity with that same rigor and seriousness,” Governor Hochul said. “I’m proud to announce this dynamic and innovative partnership to establish the Joint Security Operations Center (JSOC) in collaboration with New York City, our upstate cities, and government and business leaders across the state.”

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New JSOC will be headquartered in Brooklyn

The JSOC, a partnership between the state offices of IT Services and Homeland Security will be headquartered in Brooklyn and will be staffed physically and virtually by cybersecurity experts from around the state.

Cybersecurity has been a priority for my administration since Day 1, and this command center will strengthen our ability to protect New York’s institutions, infrastructure, our citizens and public safety.

Governor Kathy Hochul

The JSOC is part of a $61.9 million investment in cybersecurity in the state budget.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Yates County Administrator Nonie Flynn below.

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