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Hudson Valley Cyber Security Summit
Third Annual Event Returns to Marist College June 18th

Published: 6/11/2024

Poughkeepsie...  The average cost of a cyber security incident in the public sector is $2.6 million – from repairs to ransom payments and legal fees – according to a 2023 IBM report on the cost of data breaches in the U.S. To help municipal leaders, school districts and higher education administration, fire and police agencies, and IT professionals working with public entities stay abreast of the latest cybersecurity trends and threats, the Dutchess County Office of Central and Information Services (OCIS), in partnership with Marist College, will host its third Hudson Valley Cyber Security Summit, a free event, on Tuesday, June 18th at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

OCIS Commissioner Stephen Oscarlece said, “Cyber-readiness is ever-evolving, so it is critical to not only have a cyber security plan, but to continually revisit it and learn about new technologies to stay ahead of potential threats. Our Cyber Security Summits have been very well-received by local public sector organizations and we are pleased to host this third annual event at Marist College to share updates from experts, resources, and networking opportunities. By knowing what threats are out there as technology continues to evolve, as well as what tools are available, public sector organizations can be better prepared for and protect against possible cyber security attacks and maintain citizens’ trust."

At the summit, experts including representatives from private sector industry leaders, as well as New York State and Federal Government agencies, will discuss topics such as:

  • Budget-conscious resources available to help improve cybersecurity programs;
  • How artificial intelligence (AI) is being used by both protectors and adversaries; and
  • How quickly a cyber-attack can unfold for an organization

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Marist College Student Center and is free to attend for those working in or with the public sector. Registration and a complimentary networking breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required in advance by Monday, June 17th, and is available at For more information, please contact the Dutchess County Office of Central & Information Services at (845) 486-2450, email or visit