October 1, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces Executive Director for The Cyber Security Advisory Board

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Bloniarz to serve as the Executive Director and Senior Policy Advisor to the Governors Cyber Security Advisory Board. Dr. Bloniarz is currently the Dean of the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany. As a result of the appointment, Dr. Bloniarz will take a leave from his dean position but will remain employed by UAlbany.


On May 10, 2013, Governor Cuomo announced the Cyber Advisory Board, which is working with the administration on innovative strategies to keep New Yorkers safe from cyber threats. The board will advise the administration on developments in cyber security and make recommendations for protecting the states critical infrastructure and information systems. The board members named in May are among the worlds leading experts in cyber security and bring vast experience in both the public and private sectors.


As more of our daily activities are linked to the internet, it is crucial that we take the necessary measures to protect ourselves against cyber attacks, and that includes hiring the best and brightest in the cyber security field to head up our advisory board, said Governor Cuomo. Peter is an experienced professional in this field, and his work will be vital in helping to shield New Yorkers, businesses and state government from cyber threats, such as identity theft and consumer fraud. I thank Peter for answering the call to serve the people of the State of New York.


Dr. Bloniarzs appointment comes as Governor Cuomo put forth a proclamation for National Cyber Security Awareness Month to raise citizen awareness about cyber based threats and how to stay safe online. October is an opportunity to create awareness of cyber threats as well as create a safe and secure cyber environment. Everyone has to play a role in cyber security. Constantly evolving cyber threats require the engagement of the entire nation from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, the public.


Dean Peter Bloniarz said, Governor Cuomo has selected an extraordinarily skilled group of professionals to serve on his Cyber Security Advisory Board. I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with these experienced individuals, and develop recommendations for programs and policies that will realize the Governors vision of a New York State that is safe from cyber threats and cyber attacks. As someone who has spent many years building academic programs at the University at Albany that have helped build capacity in government, it is an honor to be selected to work more directly with the Governors Advisory Board to help the state protect its citizens in todays interconnected world.


William Pelgrin, Co-Chair of the Cyber Security Advisory Board, said, Throughout his career, Peter has demonstrated a commitment to translating technology research into practical programs that benefit the public sector. His expertise in working to develop better approaches to cyber security will serve the Governors Cyber Security Advisory Board well and help New York State be better prepared to deal with the complex cyber security challenges it faces.


I would like to extend my congratulations to Dean Bloniarz on this most exciting and well-deserved appointment. This is a tremendous honor for Dr. Bloniarz, as well as a point of pride for our entire University at Albany community, said University at Albany President Robert J. Jones. Over the past three decades, Dean Bloniarz has spearheaded numerous innovative academic and research programs in the area of information technology. We are thrilled that he has now been asked by the Governor to advise the Administration on the important issue of cyber security and to make recommendations to better protect the states critical infrastructure assets and information systems.


Peter Bloniarz is currently Dean of the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany/State University of New York. Dean Bloniarz serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of the College, which hosts a variety of academic and research programs related to computing and information. In addition to traditional computer science and an information science program that is accredited by the American Library Association, the College is home to an innovative Informatics Department that partners with other units on campus to offer interdisciplinary programs related to computing and information. The College is affiliated with a number of nationally-recognized research centers at the University.


Prior to becoming dean, Bloniarz was the Interim Vice President for Research. He was one of the founders and research director of the Universitys award-winning Center for Technology in Government. An advocate for quality teaching at research universities, he received the SUNY Chancellors Medallion for Excellence in Teaching and served as interim director of the universitys Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He joined the computer science department at UAlbany in 1977 after receiving his doctorate from M.I.T. He is one of the Universitys Collins Fellows.