State Launches Pilot Group for Cyber Security

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Today marks the launch of a pilot group in Michigan that will lead to the establishment of a rapid response team that will assist the state and the industrial sector, along with other businesses and organizations, during a major cyber incident.

Gov. Rick Snyder first announced plans for the Cyber Civilian Corps in October as a way to build upon the state’s current cyber security efforts. The state’s government experiences more than 500,000 cyber attacks daily, ranging from spam to web browser attacks to network intrusion. The private sector also is the subject of millions of cyber attacks daily.

“We are on our way to realizing the vision of the Cyber Civilian Corps and the vital role they will play in defending Michigan against cyber attacks,” says David Behen, the state of Michigan’s CIO. “This marks another critical step in our plan and I want to thank the many public and private partners who are working with us to make it happen.”

The corps’ members — which include government, education, and business technology professionals — will improve their skills by training through the Michigan Cyber Range, which provides a learning center for detecting, preventing, and thwarting cyber-attacks in a real-world setting. Like a test track or a firing range, the cyber range enables individuals and organizations to conduct “live fire” exercises.

In addition to providing mutual aid response and assistance during a governor-declared state of emergency, the Cyber Civilian Corps will develop and expand partnerships with government, business, and educational partners around cyber security.

“This is all part of the governor’s vision and plan for cyber security,” Behen says.  “We have a thorough plan and it’s exciting to see it coming together.”

For a copy of Michigan’s cyber initiative, click here.

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