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Tompkins County Launches Cybersecurity Program in Partnership with New York State

Tompkins County is proud to announce the launch of a pilot Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) program, becoming the second county in New York State to implement this innovative cybersecurity initiative. This program is conducted in cooperation with the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (NYS ITS), the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), and the New York State Operations Center (NYSOC).

This cutting-edge program marks a significant step in New York State’s commitment to bolstering cybersecurity defenses across the state. By deploying advanced SIEM technologies, Tompkins County aims to enhance its capabilities to detect, prevent, and respond to cyber threats more effectively.

Loren Cottrell, Director of Tompkins County Information Technology, stated, “This pilot program is a testament to New York State’s dedication to establishing a robust statewide cybersecurity framework. Our collaboration with NYS ITS, DHSES, and NYSOC will not only help safeguard our county’s digital infrastructure but also serve as a model for other counties to strengthen their cyber resilience.”

The SIEM program will allow for real-time analysis of security alerts generated by hardware and network devices, significantly improving the county’s ability to manage and mitigate potential cyber incidents. This proactive approach is crucial in today’s digital age, where cyber threats are increasingly sophisticated and pervasive.

Tompkins County was selected for this pilot program due to its proactive stance on cybersecurity and its strong partnerships with state agencies. The insights gained from this pilot will be crucial in refining the processes and technologies before a broader roll-out across other counties in New York State.

This initiative is a part of New York State’s ongoing efforts to lead by example in cybersecurity, protecting both public and private sectors against evolving cyber threats.