New York's Multiphased Approach to ID Services
ITS has completed phase one of NY.gov ID+, which prevents the creation of duplicate accounts. The agency estimates it’s blocked the creation of about 496,000 potential duplicate accounts since the capability went live.
Phase three of the program will be the soft launch of ID proofing, the verification of a user’s identity once the required information is provided. Phase four will bring full-service ID proofing.
NY.gov ID+ will give users full control of their personal information.
“In addition, it will provide baseline efficiencies that further improve processes going forward,” said state CIO Tony Riddick in a statement. “We commend Gov. Hochul for recognizing that interacting with state government does not have to be a difficult experience, and for her support of this comprehensive initiative that will strengthen our relationship with our customers and get them the assistance they need and deserve.”
New York’s Other Security Priority: Critical Infrastructure
In addition to the launch of the NY.gov ID+ identity and access management initiative, Hochul proposed a $42.6 million budget increase on Feb. 1 for state and local cyberdefense and response efforts.
Chief among those is the establishment of a specialized industrial control systems assessment team to enhance the resiliency of critical infrastructure facilities statewide. The New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Counter Terrorism would oversee the team’s creation, and they would work together to protect energy, transportation and manufacturing ICS.
“The frequency, magnitude and impact of cyberattacks have increased, but we will continue to take bold measures to secure and protect New York’s critical infrastructure,” Hochul said during her State of the State address. “The industrial control systems assessment team, coupled with record investments, will support physical security and cybersecurity assessment programs to help facilities improve their cybersecurity posture, creating a safer and more secure Empire State.”