By Christine Graf
In November 2018, Washington County was the recipient of one of just 10 grants given out by the state Cybersecurity Grant Program to shore up cybersecurity at county offices.
State Homeland Security and Emergency Services made the funding available to local governments to “enhance and sustain their cybersecurity posture as well as ensure that their information systems are secure and protected from cyber incidents.”
The grant was written by Karen Pratt, who has worked for Washington County for more than 20 years. Before being named the county’s cybersecurity officer approximately one year ago, she served as director of informational technology (IT).
In June, she was one of just three people chosen to receive the state Cybersecurity Champion Award. The award was presented by the Office of Information Technology Services. Pratt and the others were honored for their significant contributions to support and enhance cybersecurity in New York.