Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), cofounder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and co-chair of the bipartisan CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, applauded today's announcement of Rhode Island's first statewide cyber security strategic plan, which outlines policies and procedures to respond to a cyber disruption by: ensuring sustainability of government operations; educating the public and business community; strengthening our cyber defenses; and focusing on economic and workforce development.
"Today's release of a statewide cybersecurity strategic plan is an important step in Rhode Island's continued leadership in this area," said Langevin. "We have been fortunate to have a strong commitment from leaders like General Kevin McBride at the National Guard, RIEMA Executive Director Theresa Murray and Colonel Steven O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. Our state has been among the most proactive in addressing the increasing threats to our critical networks, such as the electric grid, water supply, financial institutions and telecommunications systems.
"This announcement builds on the recent designation of the University of Rhode Island as a national center of excellence in cybersecurity and last year's establishment of one of the nation's first cyber disruption teams, which has brought together law enforcement, state agencies, educational institutions and businesses to protect our networks. These efforts are all critical to ensure that our cyber defense and response capabilities keep up with the risks we face.
"I'm encouraged that the state's plan also recognizes that the need of the public and private sectors to protect computer networks presents a tremendous opportunity to create quality jobs in a fast growing industry. I look forward to working with everyone involved to integrate their workforce development efforts with ongoing initiatives to train high school and college students, such as the Cyber Foundations Competition."