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Virginia to host cyber-physical systems summit

Virginia to host cyber-physical systems summit

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will host a two-day cybersecurity event in Newport News that will bring together public- and private-sector experts to discuss autonomy, the Internet of Things, cyber-critical infrastructure as well as the security of medical devices and motor vehicles.

The Sept. 20-22 Cyber-Physical Systems Summit will feature several roundtable sessions that are being held in conjunction with the National Governors Association's “Meet the Threat” initiative (McAuliffe is this year’s NGA chairman).

“This type of collaboration is essential to staying on top of growing trends in this fast-moving industry and staying ahead of criminals across the globe who are working every day to undermine the security of our technological resources and our communities,” McAuliffe said in a press release.

Karen Jackson, the secretary of technology for Virginia, said on Cyber Virginia’s website that the state faces 200,000 “incurable” cyber-attacks every day.

McAuliffe’s office also announced recently that it would be offering scholarships to students studying cybersecurity at Virginia institutions. The scholarship recipients have to commit to working for a state agency after graduation.

Posted by Matt Leonard on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:08 AM


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