In the world of cybersecurity, everyone has a role. Whether it’s behind the scenes spreading awareness or on the front lines fighting threats, everyone can contribute to the battle against cybercrime. In July, there was a total of 38 governors that promised their commitment to cybersecurity efforts.
This commitment made by these governors is no small feat. So, what exactly does this promise mean and look like moving forward?
As the governors took the commitment to review and move towards implementing cybersecurity efforts, they all agreed to three things.
Cybersecurity administration structure
All 38 governors declared they would look at the cybersecurity administration structure in order to move towards a more productive and successful cybersecurity strategy. In addition to this, they will also implement a risk assessment which will help identify vulnerabilities and threats. Taking these steps will enhance the states cybersecurity.
Preparing for cybersecurity threats
Second, governors committed to preparing their states for cybersecurity threats and events. To accomplish this, they decided to create a statewide response plan, organize a framework to share information, incorporate procedures that use the National Guard’s cyber capabilities and create better communication plans.
Enhance the workforce
Part of these commitments included the promise to do what they can to grow our nation’s cybersecurity workforce. They recognize that in order to follow through with their previous promises, they need to encourage the cybersecurity workforce because they are the ones on the front lines fighting against threats. To make this happen, they will partner with colleges and universities to implement more security certifications, increase the availability of two-year cybersecurity degrees and create internships at state agencies.
While these 38 governors made a big promise, it was followed up with very practical and realistic steps and goals. By taking the time to begin assessing what we know about where we are with cybersecurity, how to build a stronger plan, creating better communication and creating opportunities, there is no doubt that cybersecurity will be improved throughout the nation.
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