How states respond to cyber threats


How states respond to cyber threats

What: “Cybersecurity for the States: Lessons from Across America,” a report from New America

Why:  With their responsibility to protect databases full of citizens’ personal information, secure critical infrastructure, support local government and train the next generation of workers, states must be “laser focused” on information technology and cybersecurity.

Findings: States are responding to the cybersecurity threat in a number ways. The report highlights three mature, scalable state programs that demonstrate different approaches toward cybersecurity.

Arizona is using a community approach. It has partnered with the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance to facilitate cyber threat information sharing. The partnership with ACTRA acts as a buffer between the state and the private sector that encourages participation and “engenders faith in the anonymity and effective dissemination of information,” the authors said.

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