An Army veteran and cybersecurity expert has been tapped to serve as New York’s first chief cyber officer.
Gov. Kathy Hochul named Colin Ahern to the newly created position. According to the governor’s office, he will oversee the assessment, mitigation and response to cyber threats and work with top state agency executives to manage risks and prevent attacks.
Ahern will also lead the Joint Security Operations Center, a state-run hub that will detect cyber threats and respond to incidents. The center will partner with other governments, including New York and federal agencies.
Hochul said Ahern’s appointment is part of the state’s cyber commitment. The annual state budget included $62 million for cybersecurity infrastructure.
“New York state is taking an aggressive, nation-leading approach to transforming our cybersecurity infrastructure to combat emerging threats and fortify our information assets,” Hochul said in a statement,…