Deborah Snyder
University at Albany, SUNY
Cyber Strategist
Biographical Info
Accomplished C-level influencer with a broad range of experience in government, policy, cybersecurity, privacy, and information technology. Experienced and highly-respected thought-leader; has held executive leadership roles for over two decades.

- As part of New York State's information technology transformation and consolidation initiative, it helped redesign how the state protects its data. As State CISO, directed the State’s comprehensive cybersecurity governance, risk management, and compliance program, providing strategic leadership and vision and assuring business-aligned, risk-based investments that maximized business opportunity and minimized cybersecurity risk. Directed the NYS Cyber Command Center, hotline, procedures for reporting and response to cyber-threats, and digital forensics.
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), SANS Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT) Global Information Assurance Certification, and Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Industry thought-leadership
- Nationally recognized expert, speaker, and author who has presented at countless industry conferences, her future-leaning and compelling perspectives on leadership, organizational change, and cybersecurity have made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker.
- Received 2019 StateScoop State Cybersecurity Leader of the Year Award & 2018 SANS National Cybersecurity Innovation Awards - Difference Maker Award
- Co-Chaired the National Campaign for Cyber Hygiene, Center for Internet Security, Council on CyberSecurity, National Governors Association Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, which provided recommendations for effective defenses against cyber-attacks mapped to the National Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
- Co-authored “SECURE – Insights From The People Who Keep Information Safe” - insights and perspective on what’s top-of-mind for executives.
- Serve on numerous governing/advisory boards, working groups, and mentoring programs.