NOVI, MI — Gov. Rick Snyder announced the Cyber Civilian Corp, a rapid response team that would assist the state and industries across Michigan during a major cyber incident, at the 2013 Michigan Cyber Summit on Friday.
Hosted by Snyder and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the summit brought officials from the public and private sectors together to focus on the emerging issue of cybersecurity.
“Michigan’s leadership in the area of cyber security continues through this summit and our innovative action plan,” Snyder said. “Cyber threats are real and we must stay vigilant and proactive to help protect Michigan families and businesses from those who would use technology to do harm. By joining forces, public and private entities can address these threats and ensure a safer, stronger cyber environment.”
According to State of Michigan Chief Information Officer David Behen, the Cyber Civilian Corp would include volunteers from government, education and business. Information technology professionals interested in participating would be able to improve their skills by taking advantage of training through the Michigan Cyber Range.
Recognized as a national leader in cybersecurity, Michigan places a high emphasis on protecting the state’s computer systems, networks and data. The state’s centralized technology model places Michigan in a strong position to implement security efforts.
“Michigan’s cyber initiative is aimed at defending the state against cyberattacks,” Behen said. “Focusing on cybersecurity will help position Michigan to take advantage of opportunities in this growing and fast-paced and ever-changing industry.”
Data theft and breaches from cybercrime can cost businesses as much as $1 trillion globally. Government is no stranger to cyberattacks either. In fact, the State of Michigan blocked 568,724 cyberattacks daily from January to August this year. Attacks ranged from spam to web browser attacks to network intrusion.
Joining in the summit were Rami Efrati, head of the Civilian Sector Division of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau; Kelvin Coleman, branch chief, Government Engagement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications; Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs; Cheri Caddy, director of Cyber Policy Integration and Outreach of the White House National Security staff; Phil Bertolini, deputy county executive and CIO of Oakland County; and many private sector partners.
Additionally, nearly 40 students and four staff members from Oxford High School attended the summit, which served as the host event for the second meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA) Resource Center for State Cybersecurity Advisory Council.
The 2013 Summit, which took place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, was a follow up to the sold out 2011 event which also served as the national launch for Cyber Awareness Month.
More information about the event is available by visiting: www.michigan.gov/cybersummit.
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