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A Plan to Turn New York Into a Capital of Cybersecurity

On the corner of Broadway and Grand Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, Jerusalem Venture Partners is converting a cast-iron building into a cybersecurity innovation hub.

When it opens next year, the 50,000-square-foot space will serve as a hub for cyberrelated innovation. Stephen Speranza for The New York Times. A new partnership among two prominent Israeli venture capital funds, a handful of major private-sector companies and the city's economic growth development enterprise is hoping to turn New York City into the nation's leading center for yet one more major industry: cybersecurity.

Cyber NYC, as the project is called, is among the nation's most ambitious cybersecurity initiatives, which over the next decade could transform New York City into a global leader of cybersecurity innovation and job creation. The multiyear project would simultaneously create a Global Cyber Center in Chelsea, a cybersecurity innovation hub in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan and an academic cybepartnership with area colleges, such as Columbia University, New York University and City University of New York. At the same time, major corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Mastercard and PricewaterhouseCoopers also are participating in advisory roles or to assist with the project's training and hiring.

"We are at a seminal moment in the trajectory of the cybersecurity industry," said James Patchett, president and chief executive of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which is spearheading the Cyber NYC initiative, including assembling and leading public-private partnerships and developing and overseeing six programs to grow New York's cyberindustry and expand the work force. "Making New York City the epicenter of cybersecurity makes complete sense because New York City is where all the customers are," Mr. Patchett said.

Cyber NYC will initially be funded by about $70 million in private investments, including from the two Israeli firms: Jerusalem Venture Partners, a venture capital fund; and SOSA, a corporate innovation specialist, among others Another $30 million is coming from the city. Its goal: to create 10,000 local cybersecurity jobs over the next decade as part of Mayor de Blasio's New York Works Plan.


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