The Academy
for New York State's Local Officials

October 4, 2021

Cybersecurity Web Series Week 1 – IT Governance – What is it? How do we do it? And Why is it Important?
This session will discuss a conceptual framework for a comprehensive cybersecurity program. Discussion topics will include the top 12 areas of concerns: IT Policy; IT Security Training and Awareness; Computer Hardware, Software and Data Inventories; Contracts for IT Services; Virus Protection; Patch Management; Access Controls; Online Banking; Wireless Networks; Firewalls and Intrusion Detection; Physical Controls; and Information Technology Contingency Planning. We will also use the Security Self-Assessment to see which areas of concerns you should focus on in your IT environment.

October 5 - 7, 2021

Introduction to Governmental Accounting (Basic)
This multi-day school is designed to familiarize participants with the basic concepts of governmental accounting and give them a working knowledge of basic bookkeeping procedures.

October 7, 2021

Property Tax Cap Reporting for Local Governments Webinar
Please join us for a general overview of the Property Tax Cap for Local Governments. Presenters will discuss the Property Tax Cap legislation, highlight common reporting errors and review reporting requirements. They will also demonstrate how to complete the tax cap form using OSC's online reporting system.

October 12, 2021

Cybersecurity Web Series Week 2 – IT Contingency Planning – Oops! What now?
This session will expand on one of the key areas within a comprehensive cybersecurity program: IT Contingency Planning. We will define IT Contingency Planning as a means to avoid costly delays in getting your government or school operations back up and running as quickly as possible. Discussion topics will include: how IT contingency planning fits into broader business continuity and disaster recovery planning, best practices for developing a comprehensive IT contingency plan, and IT controls to consider as part of the plan including backups.

October 13, 2021

Justice Monthly Reporting – Why We Can’t Process Your Report
Please join presenters from the Office of the State Comptroller Justice Court Fund to learn about common reporting issues that prevent or delay processing of a justice’s monthly report. The session will cover such items as report submission errors, issues with how case information is reported, report adjustments, and required adjustment support.

October 18, 2021

Cybersecurity Web Series Week 3 – Wireless Security and Technology – Let's Secure Your Wireless Technology
This session will expand on another key area within a comprehensive cybersecurity program: wireless technology and security. We will share best practices for improving the security of your municipal or school wireless networks, and protecting against FragAttacks, KRACK attacks and other common wireless threats.

October 20 - 21, 2021

Accounting Principles and Procedures (Advanced)
This multi-day school is designed to familiarize participants with accounting and financial reporting requirements for local governments in New York.

October 25, 2021

Cybersecurity Web Series Week 4 – Ransomware – How to Avoid Being the Next Victim
This session will focus on one of the most prolific and expensive malwares in cyber history, Ransomware. We will define ransomware, provide examples of recent ransomware attacks, share insights on how these attacks have evolved over time, and discuss best practices that computer users and managers can follow to lower their chances of becoming the next ransomware victim.