Provides that the Urban Development Corporation shall establish a Cyber Research Institute to perform research and development in cyber security.
BILL NUMBER:S6762A REVISED 06/15/12
TITLE OF BILL: An act to authorize the New York state urban development corporation to enter into agreements to develop a Cyber Research Institute
PURPOSE: To authorize and direct the Urban Development Corporation (dba Empire State Development Corporation) to work with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Rome, New York ("Rome Lab") to develop public and private partnerships to establish a Cyber Research Institute. The Institute would address the important public need of conducting research and development in the crucial area of protecting important networked computer systems involved in military, governmental, and business enterprises.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one sets forth legislative findings outlining the critical role networked computer systems play in every facet of our society and the very real threat posed by cyber attacks from hostile sources whose intent ranges from theft of proprietary information to destructive efforts to compromise key governmental and private sector assets in New York which provide an opportunity for New York to become a leader in cyber security.
Section 2. (a) provides that the UDC shall undertake efforts to establish through public/private partnerships with Rome Lab, and New York based academic, business and not for profit entities a cyber research institute at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York.
Section 2 (b) provides that UDC shall work with collaborating partners to establish a working relationship and to secure and utilize public and private resources to establish the center and carry out its work.
Section 3 provides the proposed Act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: Networked computer systems are probably the most critical element of a modern society's infrastructure. They are of enormous importance in the management of critical functions such as national security, transportation, electric power grids, municipal water and sewer functions, financial services, and complex commercial transactions to name but a few. Almost daily, the news media reports on cyber attacks by both other governments, criminals, terrorists, and even rogue "hackers" which seek to steal proprietary or confidential information, or disrupt the conduct of critical functions. Securing these systems has become a matter of national security and critical importance to the integrity of both business and governmental functions. New Y ark already hosts the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York, where important work is being conducted in cyber security. At the same time, several distinguished New York based colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate programs in cyber science and security. A number of "spin off' companies in New York are engaged in the development and
marketing of cyber security services and products. New York is uniquely poised to coordinate and develop, these assets to become a world leader in a cutting edge and universally needed technology.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The bill contemplates that funding would come from both public (existing appropriations) and private investment.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6762--A IN SENATE March 19, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions -- reported favorably from said committee and commit- ted to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to authorize the New York state urban development corporation to enter into agreements to develop a Cyber Research Institute THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative Findings. The legislature finds that the issue of securing networked computer systems is of increasing importance. Governments at all levels, including the military, private businesses, and individuals have increasingly become the targets of cyber attacks which range from theft of privileged or proprietary information to destructive efforts to impede or shut down systems which operate key elements of infrastructure, banking and business transactions, or vital functions of government, to name just a few. The increasing demands posed by this threat create a need for research and development in the area of cyber security in an environment which will allow pursuit of these studies in both an open academic setting and, also, in a secure environment for classified research. The United States Air Force Research Lab at Rome, New York is presently conducting important work at its Information Assurance and Cyber Science Technology Laboratory. It is noted that several private businesses are presently engaged in cyber science work in close proximity to the Air Force Research Lab at Rome at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, and several New York colleges and universities offer undergraduate and graduate programs in cyber science and security. This combination of resources uniquely positions the state of New York to become a leader in cyber security research and development. S 2. (a) The New York state urban development corporation shall under- take to establish, through public and private partnerships, which shall include the Air Force Research Laboratory at Rome, New York based colleges and universities, private businesses, and not-for-profit enti-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15075-02-2 S. 6762--A 2
ties, a Cyber Research Institute to be located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York. Such institute shall be an inde- pendent not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the state of New York. It shall be governed by a board of directors which shall have at least eight and not more than twelve members, no fewer than three-quarters of whom shall be knowledgeable in fields directly related to cyber security or have ongoing engagement and responsibility in the cyber security industry or in industries where cyber security is essen- tial or shall have experience in teaching, research or applied work in the area of cyber security in academic, business or government settings. (b) The New York state urban development corporation shall work with the collaborating businesses and educational institutions, as well as the Griffiss Local Development Corporation, to ensure that a cooperative working relationship is established between those institutions and potential participants of such research institute so that resources are made available and used in a responsible manner to support the success- ful development of the proposed research institute and the creation of ongoing linkages between the training, research, development, demon- stration and technology transfer resources of the region's higher educa- tion institutions, private sector businesses and the activities located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.