For over 30 years The Forum has been bringing together public and private sector IT Professionals to share knowledge and best practices in a vendor neutral, collaborative environment.

The Forum serves New York’s state and local government employees who develop, deploy, maintain, or use Information Technology; and the private sector organizations that work to meet the needs of the constantly changing public sector IT landscape.

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Public Sector

  • Build relationships with peers in state and city government as well as the private sector
  • Learn about new products, enhancements and technologies
  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement technologies and solve problems
  • Stay up-to-date on trends, opportunities and best practices

Private Sector

  • Learn about State and City IT needs and plans for the future
  • Gain feedback from some of the largest government IT organizations in the U.S.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with State and City IT professionals
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The NYS Forum encourages everyone who is interested in Information Technology in the public sector to join with their colleagues and participate in our workgroups, trainings and special events.  If you are a New York State employee or an employee in most New York City agencies, you are already a member and just have to create a Member Profile to begin taking advantage of the Forum's activities. 

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Forum Board Elects Jim Bell Chair and Benny Thottam Vice-Chair

Thanks Bob Loomis for Years of Service

During its September meeting, the Board of Directors of the NYS Forum Inc. elected new officers for the Program Year 2020-2021. Jim Bell, Director of Senate Technology Services was elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Board. In his role as Director of Technology, Mr. Bell has focused on improving access for the people of the State of New York. Some recent projects include a new citizen-focused public website, an improved constituent management system to manage casework and communications with 19 million New Yorkers and a free open data feed of state legislative activity. With more than 30 years experience in NYS government, Mr. Bell shares his wealth of knowledge through teaching, writing, public speaking and volunteering.

In addition to the election of Mr. Bell as Chair, the Board also elected Benny Thottam, Chief Information Officer at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to...

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  The theme for 2020 is "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart." emphasizing that every individual should feel empowered to do their part in protecting cyberspace by connecting devices responsibly. By 2020 there will be roughly 200 billion connected devices and once plugged into the internet, connected devices are attacked within 5 minutes and targeted by specific exploits in 24 hours. If everyone does their part - implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences and training employees - our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

Visit to learn more about how you can do your part for Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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