What seemed inconceivable a few years ago – that a pandemic would test New York City’s cyber resilience as workers were forced home – has become a successful test of the strategic and operational plans that led to the creation of New York Cyber Command, NYC Secure and the Cyber Critical Services and Infrastructure program.

“One advantage we had was a green field and highest level support,” Colin Ahern, deputy chief information security officer at NYC Cyber Command, said at a webinar moderated by Global Cyber Alliance President and CEO Philip Reitinger.

Indeed, New York City's approach to security amid COVID-19 stands as a powerful case study for organizations across public and private sector, anchored in a posture that treated infrastructure as code and used a zero trust model that started with using FIDO keys to identify users.

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