The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
Information Technology & Telecommunications Forum & Luncheon

June 6, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Hilton Albany


The Business Council will hold an Information Technology and Telecommunications Forum focusing on the issues of a state “iCenter”, cyber security, data breach, and internet issues related to business and privacy. A variety of bills are circulating through the legislature that could impact business and industry in the areas of technology and e-commerce. On the heels of the Department of Financial Services instituting regulations regarding cyber security, the Legislature has introduced bills on mandatory reporting of data breaches by businesses engaged in e-commerce, regulations governing cyber security action plans, defining “cyber crimes”, electronic communications privacy, and the governance of data collected by internet providers. With so much of business being done by electronic means each and every industry is impacted whether it be financial services, telecommunications and utilities, credit card companies and banking intuitions and every manner of e-commerce and the burgeoning sector of “Cloud Computing”.

The day will feature speakers from the Center For Internet Security (CIS) and AT&T to discuss “the internet of Things” and how we are all connected to the modern world of technology. It’s a CEO’s Guide to Data Security.

There will be a luncheon at which time we will hear from the State’s newly appointed CIO Bob Samson of the New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). and his top two deputies - Matt Millea, Chief of Staff/Executive Deputy Director, and Brian Digman, State Director of IT.

The Department will discuss the role of Information Technology Services. ITS provides statewide IT strategic direction, directs IT policy and delivers centralized IT products and services that support the mission of the State.

ITS Technology Services At a Glance:

  • Operates data centers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to support statewide mission-critical applications.
  • Supports over 50 State Agencies, more than 14 million citizen accounts, 150,000 employee accounts, 60,000 phones, 99,000 desktops and laptops, and 3,433 Virtual Desktop remote connections.
  • Operates secure network of more than 1,600 miles of fiber to deliver telecommunications, Internet and Intranet services, enterprise email systems and support, IT training, networking, data storage and processing to State government entities.
  • Develops new services and innovative applications in support of citizens, business, and State Agencies.

The event will bring together all of the leading industry representatives to meet and discuss current topics in the world of the technology, the internet and telecom and how this world is interacting with state government, the legislature, and the modern e-commerce universe.

For more information or questions please contact Maribeth Riley at 518.465.7511.


10:00 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.


  • Johnny Evers, PhD (Bio)
    Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York State

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

“The Internet of Things” — the issue of cyber security and its impact on business

  • Ryan Spelman (Bio)
    Senior Director, Center for Internet Security (CIS)
  • Paul Giura, PhD (Bio)
    Principal Member of Technical Staff, AT&T

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Technology and Internet Security issues being discussed in the Legislature

  • Senator Thomas Croci
    Chair - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
  • Senator Rich Funke
    Senate Sponsor - State Information Technology Innovation Center (S. 1121)
  • Senator Marty Golden
    Chair – Select committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


  • Introduction of Key Note Speaker and lunch welcome
    Peter Chynoweth

    Sr. VP, CMA Consulting, Chair, The Business Council’s Information Technology & Telecom Committee

  • Robert (Bob) Samson (Bio)
    New York State Chief Information Officer
  • Matthew Millea (Bio)
    Chief of Staff/Executive Deputy Director, New York State Office of Information Technology Services
  • Brian Digman
    Director of IT, New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Register on-site