senate Bill S6762A

Provides that the Urban Development Corporation shall establish a Cyber Research Institute to perform research and development in cyber security

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  • 19 / Mar / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 30 / Apr / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6762A
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1361
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A9663A

Summary

Provides that the Urban Development Corporation shall establish a Cyber Research Institute to perform research and development in cyber security.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9663A
Versions:
S6762
S6762A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Urban Research
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A9663A

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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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6762--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             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.

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