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Five States Join Forces to Bolster Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity policy academy to focus on new strategies

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that five states will join forces in a cybersecurity policy academy that will work to create new strategies to bolster cybersecurity.

The five states -- Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada and Oregon -- will work together to develop in-depth cybersecurity measures that can serve to protect against the ever-changing cybersecurity threats of 2016 and beyond.

The creation of the multi-state academy is largely an effort to put minds together and collaboratively create comprehensive new strategies that can be adaptive and successfully fight against cyber threats that seem to evolve by the day.

"Cyber threats affect everyone from law enforcement, public works and energy agencies, to financial and communications sectors and ultimately, citizens of every state. This policy academy will help states develop strategic plans to enhance their cybersecurity capabilities and improve incident response planning." -- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

A growing list of threats

Officials from all five states will take part in the joint academy looking to leave no stone unturned. Cyber threats are not limited to one specific target, and thus any new strategies must encompass protections of communications networks, databases of private information; financial systems, and much more. Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) even stated its case for being concerned about the growing threat of cyber attacks on vehicles.

Intense focus on cybersecurity as 2016 progresses

The federal government had a clear focus on cyber security as 2015 turned to 2016, and the focus seems to be intensifying as 2016 progresses. President Barack Obama recently extended the national emergency on cyber attacks for another year, and also announced the list of appointees who will make up the new Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

One recent study noted that U.S. government organizations rank last in cyber security, while another study gave U.S. universities a failing grade in cyber security education, so the more focus, the better.

Matt Mills Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.