nationwide cybersecurity

NGA works with states on cyber defense

The National Governors Association is partnering with seven states and territories to help them improve their cybersecurity.

NGA announced on July 1 that staff from its Homeland Security and Public Safety division will provide technical assistance on developing cybersecurity governance and strategies for protecting critical infrastructure as well as action plans that "advance and refine key priorities in cybersecurity."

The competitively selected states and territories are Arkansas, Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio and Washington. Participants will be drawn from their IT offices, homeland security agencies, National Guard units and other departments.

In June, NGA selected six states to work with on improving election security. It offered technical assistance to help the states boost interagency cooperation and develop statewide response plans to attacks on election infrastructure.

These initiatives support NGA’s 2017 Meet the Threat Initiative, in which 38 governors pledged to “prioritize and support a core set of principles for strengthening state cybersecurity.”

About the Author

Anoushka Deshmukh is an intern with Public Sector 360, writing for GCN, FCW and Defense Systems.

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