The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has announced the authorisation of $16 million in funding for two major initiatives.
The first is designed to bolster existing cybersecurity measures, to protect the authority from ever-evolving threats.
The second is internal and targeted at hybrid computer storage for several modernisation and life extension measures, to refresh and sustain data infrastructure and networking technologies, and is in line with predictions made for the utility sector in 2019.
The initiatives are part of the authority’s modernisation strategy to digitise all processes and related equipment from point of power generation to delivery, with the objective of being the first end-to-end digital utility in the continental United States.
The move to fund the initiatives follows the appointment of ten data analytics companies in late-2018 to assist the utility in it’s efforts.
“The Power Authority’s drive to become a fully digital utility by 2020 brings with it a demand to meet the ever-growing needs within the organisation for information technology services,” says Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “The funding will support a crucial computer storage system and enable us to build cybersecurity into everything we do every step of the way.”
The funding will support a five-year Cloud Storage Programme designed to enable the implementation, modernisation and life-extension of the authority’s enterprise computer storage systems, whilst the cyber security initiative will focus on a holistic approach on new segmentation solutions, improving monitoring, security and visibility at all layers, from operating systems to cloud storage.
“As technology evolves it remains imperative to stay current with industry trends and to anticipate the impact these developments will have on business processes and operations,” says Robert Piascik, NYPA senior vice president and chief information officer for Information Technology and Cyber Security. “In order to support NYPA’s digital vision, we must consider the dynamic landscape among the many competing challenges and opportunities that affect the digital landscape.”