New York City, Texas, Georgia State University: winners of the 2012 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards

Oct. 24, 2012: New York City has saved $18 million dollars and increased security visibility, Texas has blocked over 10 million network intrusion attempts and Georgia State University conducts more than 100 student-based security projects annually.

Three additional awards were given: to the City of Tampa for their work with the federal government to prevent groups from disrupting communications at the Republican National Convention, to the City of Seattle for their collaboration initiative in the Puget Sound metropolitan area and to Corey Cush for his security leadership at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

The awards program, underwritten by McAfee, was established to recognize the commitment, dedication, hard work and contributions of state and local government and education organizations in cybersecurity technology services.

“These award winners have shown creativity, leadership, and have achieved amazing results,” said Todd Sander, Executive Director for the Center for Digital Government. “They have done an excellent job of utilizing new technologies to secure their networks, citizens and students against ever-growing security threats. Congratulations!”

The award winners, as determined by an Evaluation Committee, were recognized at an awards dinner and ceremony during the FOCUS 12 security conference on October 23, 2012.

Center for Digital Government’s

Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award Winners 2012

State Government Category: State of Texas

Since 2007 the Texas Department of Information Resources has blocked over 10 million network intrusion attempts. The expanded, cloud-based Next Generation service model uses improved detection procedures and provides expanded analysis, alerting and archiving.

City Government Category: New York City

The Information Security Cloud of the City of New York has saved the city $18 million dollars, increased security visibility, and centralized security management for 48 agencies and over 72,000 workstations and servers. The system uses real-time analytic data and can identify and analyze malware on site.

Education Category: Georgia State University

Georgia State University (GSU) provides a robust enterprise technology infrastructure for their 32,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff. Proactive security measures contribute to the minimal (or no) service disruptions, data leakage, and unauthorized access. Annually GSU conducts security assessments on more than 100 student-based projects as well as multiple department security reviews.

Special Award: City of Tampa 

As the host of the Republican National Convention, Tampa’s technology infrastructure became a target of anarchy groups trying to disrupt communications and the political process. The city worked with several federal agencies on threat assessment and put measures in place including 1,000 new security protections.

Collaboration Award: City of Seattle 

Initiated in 2008, the Public Regional Information Security Event Management (PRISEM) system is an online early-warning system that aggregates and analyzes real-time cyber event information across the Puget Sound metropolitan area - for federal, state and local government; universities; and private sector partners. Seattle developed a program that trains PRISEM center staff through collaboration with the National Guard.

Leadership Award: Corey Cush, Assistant Vice President Infrastructure Services, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation

At New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), one of the largest city hospital corporations in the world with over 28 separate hospitals throughout the city, Corey Cush implemented cutting-edge security practices that have enhanced security monitoring, incident response and HIPAA compliance; and he maintains a 99.5 percent compliance standard for more than 30,000 endpoints.


About the Center for Digital Government

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.  The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

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