Westchester receives $50,000 cyber security grant

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WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County has been awarded $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and State Homeland Security Grant Program to enhance and sustain the county’s footing while maintaining county information systems are secure and protected from cyber incidents.

County Executive George Latimer said the funds “will help purchase equipment, provide training and exercises and boost planning projects” for the county.

Chief Information Officer Marguerite Beirne said the IT department will use the money “to think outside the box and develop forward thinking solutions and approaches to cybersecurity.

She said $40,000 will be used for security and awareness training and support and maintain Cloud technology and associated security risks.

A total of $10,000 will go toward equipment.