New York is taking steps to ensure its elections infrastructure is protected from cyber attacks by foreign hackers.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an initiative with the Board of Elections that will help county election boards strengthen their cybersecurity measures.

The state will soon solicit contracts for services that conduct cybersecurity and risk assessments and provide enhanced intrusion detection devices. 

These efforts come after the U.S. Department of Justice’s indictment of 12 Russian operatives accused of hacking during the 2016 presidential election. 

The current state budget includes $5 million to expand and support the state’s election cybersecurity infrastructure.