Safeguarding individuals and organizations in New York—and beyond

Homeland and Cybersecurity

Safeguarding individuals and organizations in New York—and beyond

Contact James Kostenblatt
Industry Contact Regional Director James Kostenblatt
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Top universities, talent and the nation’s first drone testing corridor are growing cybersecurity and defense in NYS

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New York State is supporting a growing cybersecurity industry with increasing demand for products and services that safeguard computers, networks, program and data from digital attack or unauthorized access. Those products and services range from development of software and hardware to increase cyber resiliency to multinational firms with cybersecurity practices. As a key financial center and home to major metropolitan areas that demand top-level security infrastructure, New York is also a sizable market for private-sector homeland security providers that create solutions for and organizations in New York — and beyond — including defense contractors, aerospace companies and manufacturers of defense products, among others. The state’s economic clout, access to venture capital and diversity of affordable areas for companies to locate operations or establish support centers is also driving industry growth.   

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Companies in this industry cluster choosing to grow their operations in New York State include Saab, which moved the North American headquarters of Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC to East Syracuse.  The state’s growing Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) industry is also growing, with access to assets like the 50-mile Syracuse to Rome drone test corridor and Skydome – the nation’s largest indoor UAS testing center.

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The industry talent pipeline is being reinforced through degree and training programs that have been established at several of the state’s higher-education institutions including the University at Albany—home to a bachelor’s degree program in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity  and Utica College—recipient of a designation of excellence in Cybersecurity Education. The $3M expansion of the SUNY Apprenticeship program is training workers to meet the needs of key growth industries, including cybersecurity.

Homeland and Cybersecurity in New York State

# 1 Rank in the Northeast

#4 in the Nation

NYS is ranked #4 for cybersecurity companies and cybersecurity employment.

#1 NYC in Savill’s global tech cities index


NYS receives more federal DHS grants than any other state—nearly $340 million in 2018.

#2 Rank Nationally


New York is home to a first of its kind, flight traffic management system along a 50-mile corridor between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport.  

Opportunities to grow your business in New York State

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Tax-Based Incentives

All forms of tax incentives that enable savings and cost advantages to businesses.
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Operational Support

Programs offering assistance or training to ensure more competitive businesses.

Growth Support

Funds, loans and other means of financial support to stimulate business growth.
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Innovation Development Support

Financial incentives to foster university collaboration, research and innovation.

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