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New York CISO Retires After Three Decades in State Service

Deborah Snyder retired from civil service at the end of November. She joined the Office of Information Technology Services in 2012 and as CISO she helped redesign how the state protected its data.

New York State CISO Deborah Snyder has retired after nearly 35 years in state service.

Office of Information Technology Services spokeswoman Alicia Biggs said Snyder left the department at the end of November. Karen Sorady, the acting deputy CISO and director of Strategic Planning and Program Management, was tapped to step in as acting CISO.

Snyder started her career with state government in 1985 at the Department of Social Services before leading the modernization of human services and later cybersecurity efforts at the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Snyder moved to ITS shortly after its creation in 2012 as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s information technology transformation and consolidation initiative. She aided in the redesign of how the state protects its data. As CISO, Snyder directed and maintained the NYS Cyber Command Center, hotline, procedures for reporting and response to cyberthreats, and digital forensics.

Snyder’s interim successor comes into the position with a similar cybersecurity track record. Before joining ITS in 2012, Sorady served as the assistant deputy director of cyberprograms in the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Patrick Groves was a staff writer for Government Technology from 2019 to 2020.
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