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Albany County officials meet with cyber security experts to keep data safe

Author: Ayla Ferrone / Source: NEWS10 ABC

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Cyber security has been a top issue on a lot of minds on a national level and now local leaders are making it a priority too.

Albany County wants to make sure any information going through its offices is secure.

County Executive Dan McCoy met with a cyber security company called SparkCognition on Tuesday.

They specialize in a form of artificial intelligence that actually changes as malware threatens your information.

Retired General John Allen helps head up the team at SparkCognition. Their job is to protect any and all information coming in and out of places like Albany County.

“Cyberspace has no boundaries. The reach is unlimited.”

That’s why McCoy met with the team to find out how to best keep information safe in the cyber world.

“How do you function as a government if everything shuts down or has a virus in it?”

General Allen says the nature of war and attacks are changing from being in a physical realm to being in a virtual one.

“Conflict in the world today has changed dramatically just in the last ten years.”

He says for an entity like…

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