​Strategy for a Cyber Secure Illinois

March Motivation Blog

This week, Illinois released an unprecedented statewide cybersecurity plan.

 On Tuesday, March 21, Governor Rauner announced the first enterprise cybersecurity strategy in the state’s history. The State of Illinois Cybersecurity Strategy provides a focused plan for realizing Governor Rauner’s vision for a Cyber Secure Illinois.

 The press release and conference also included Hardik Bhatt, Chief Digital Officer and Secretary Designate for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT), Kirk Lonbom, Illinois’ Chief Information Security Officer, Rep Fortner (R-49th), Rep Andrade (D-40th), Major General Richard Hayes of the Illinois National Guard and other key public safety leaders in Illinois.

 The State of Illinois Cybersecurity Strategy goals, objectives and action plans have been specifically developed and vetted to rapidly address any current gaps in cybersecurity operations, while accelerating Illinois’ progress toward the establishment of best-in-class cybersecurity capabilities.

 The five key goals for Illinois’ cybersecurity strategy include:

  1. Protect State of Illinois information and systems
  2. Reduce cyber risk
  3. Build best-in-class cybersecurity capabilities
  4. Develop enterprise approach to cybersecurity
  5. Create a cyber secure Illinois

Illinois’ Cybersecurity Strategy is the result of naming a chief information security officer to oversee cybersecurity from an enterprise level, restructuring resources to create a dedicated staff to focus on cybersecurity, as well as the input of strategic partners across the nation to align priorities, build best practices and explore areas for collaboration. Partners included the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), among others.

More to come on the progress with building a cyber secure Illinois...

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