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Iowa plans for cyber resiliency

Iowa plans for cyber resiliency

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed an executive order to ensure the state can better protect its economy and citizens from cyberattack.

The executive order requires the state CIO to deliver a cybersecurity strategy to the governor by July 1,  2016, addressing high-risk cybersecurity areas for the state’s critical infrastructure by:

  • Establishing a process to regularly assess cybersecurity infrastructure and activities within the state.
  • Providing recommendations related to securing the state’s networks, systems and data.
  • Implementing cybersecurity awareness training for government employees.
  • Establishing data breach reporting requirements.
  • Identifying opportunities to educate the public to prevent cybersecurity attacks and protect the public’s personal information.

In addition, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department has been tasked with updating the state’s emergency response plan to deal with the physical consequences of a significant cyberattack against the state’s critical infrastructure.

Posted by Derek Major on Jan 04, 2016 at 2:05 PM


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