Homeland and Cybersecurity

Safeguarding individuals and organizations in New York—and beyond

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Top universities, talent and the nation’s first drone testing corridor are growing cybersecurity and defense in NYS

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.   

Companies in this industry cluster choosing to grow their operations in New York State include Saab, which in 2018 moved the North American headquarters of Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC. to East Syracuse.  The state’s growing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry is also adding to the need for cybersecurity and defense services, with the completion of the 50-mile Syracuse to Rome drone test corridor.

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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 of 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 SUNY Apprenticeship program is training workers to meet the needs of key growth industries, including cybersecurity.

Homeland and Cybersecurity in New York State

Industry Contact

Gio Holmquist
Director, Industry Development; Agribusiness, Distribution Centers, Homeland & Cybersecurity