NYPA Announces Partnership with the Center for Internet Security in Albany to Bolster Cyber Defense

Rock Brynner

Connie M. Cullen

January 14, 2014


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced a partnership with the Center for Internet Security (CIS), based in Albany, to facilitate real-time information sharing to reinforce NYPA’s cyber defense capabilities and critical infrastructure assets against potential cyber threats.

“The partnership with the Center for Internet Security will enable us to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of this premier cyber security organization to ensure that our statewide public power utility—and $3 billion in generation and transmission assets—are in the vanguard of best cyber practices,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “Governor Cuomo has made cyber security readiness one of the hallmarks of protecting the state’s technology infrastructure. This collaboration fits closely with this priority and is consistent with measures that we continue to undertake to ensure the reliability of our facilities.”

CIS is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization that helps entities in the public and private sectors improve their cyber-security readiness and responses. The CIS Security Operations Center (SOC), in East Greenbush, is designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a key cyber-security resource for the nation’s state and local governments. It issues early warnings, conducts risk analyses and mitigation measures, and supports incident responses.

NYPA will have an employee posted at the 24-hour CIS operations center to advance the information sharing that is central to its partnership with the security organization. This will further advance NYPA’s strong cyber security practices.

“The need for collaboration across sectors has never been more important as we address the cyber challenges facing our critical infrastructure,” said William Pelgrin, president and chief executive officer, CIS. “Having NYPA co-located with CIS on the SOC floor will expand our view into the electricity sector and yield significant improvements to our situational awareness and response capabilities.”

“The partnership with the Center for Internet Security will allow NYPA access to the very best security analysis, and the sharing of information will boost our cyber defenses and ability to respond to cyber occurrences,” said Lena Smart, chief information security officer, NYPA. “We give the highest importance to preempting cyber-attacks on our critical electric power infrastructure and information systems.”

The CIS SOC is directly connected to the National Cyber Security and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), the federal government’s watch and warning center. CIS collaborates with other government, law enforcement and industry organizations to maintain a comprehensive view of the ever-evolving cyber-threat landscape.


About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.