State creates plan for cyber security
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee recently announced the first statewide cyber security strategic plan to ensure that Rhode Island is prepared for and can take steps to prevent a loss of cyber connectivity. A heavy reliance of technology by citizens and a focused effort to move state government into the 21st century with modern capabilities demands a statewide approach to protecting private information while maintaining government operations.
The strategic plan, developed over the past few months by a team comprised of state government officials, outlines policies and procedures to respond to a cyber disruption that meets four goals: sustainability of government operations; education of the public and business community; cyber defense; and economic and workforce development.
The strategic plan will be further refined and implemented over the coming months with the help of key external stakeholders to ensure proper cyber security training and awareness, a clear communications plan in the event of a cyber disruption, improved cyber resiliency of state networks, and support for the growth of a cyber security industry in the state.