News and Event for Cyber Security in Virginia

Governors Plan National Cybersummit

Virginia systems get attacked about every four seconds, amounting to at least 200,000 “incurable” attacks per day, said the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson

Other states’ cyberthreats are just as onerous, and so the nation’s governors are banding together. The National Governors Association plans a national summit in early 2017 so states can share best practices about cybersecurity.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, incoming NGA chairman, said the National Summit on State Cybersecurity will be held in Virginia after regional summits with policymakers, private sector leaders and federal partners.The first regional summit was held July 19 in Fairfax, Virginia, which brought together health care CEOs for a roundtable discussion to examine the health care sector.

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National Governors Association Seeks Higher Profile on Cybersecurity

NGA's new chairman Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says states can play a pivotal role in cybersecurity, including emergency response, workforce development and protecting health care data.

Most people don’t think of state governments as the focal point for combating high-profile hacks or improving cyber security, but Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe aims to change that.

In the past few days, McAuliffe, the new Chairman of the National Governors Association, has unveiled his 2016-2017 chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, and held a roundtable on the intersection of cyber security and health care in Fairfax, Va.

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2015 Legislative Session Passed Bills

Cyber Security Bills

Delegate Jennifer Mcclellan and Senator Jennifer Wexton
Administrative subpoenas; electronic communication services nondisclosure of subpoena. Authorizes the Attorney General, as attorneys for the Commonwealth are currently authorized, to issue administrative subpoenas to obtain certain records and other information from electronic communication service and remote computing service providers if relevant to a law-enforcement investigation of certain pornography, abduction, and prostitution crimes.
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Senator Jennifer Wexton
Search warrants; computers, networks, and other electronic devices. Clarifies that a search warrant that authorizes the lawful seizure of digital evidence from a computer, computer network, or other device containing electronic or digital information includes the search and seizure of the physical components and the electronic or digital information contained in such computer, computer network, or other device.  View the Bill
Senator Richard Stuart
Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); open meeting exemptions; discussions relating to cybersecurity.  Expands the open meeting exemption for the discussion of plans to protect public safety as it relates to terrorism and security of governmental facilities to include the discussion of specific cybersecurity threats or vulnerabilities, including the discussion of related records excluded from FOIA, where discussion in an open meeting would jeopardize the safety of any person or the security of any facility, building, structure, information technology system, or software program. View the Bill
Senator Richard Stuart
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exemption for public safety; cybersecurity. Expands the current record exemption for plans and information to prevent or respond to terrorism to include information not lawfully available to the public regarding specific cybersecurity threats or vulnerabilities or security plans and measures of an entity, facility, building structure, information technology system, or software program. View the Bill
Senator George Barker
IT responsibility of agency directors. Provides that the director of every department in the executive branch of state government shall be responsible for securing the electronic data held by his department and shall comply with the requirements of the Commonwealth's information technology security and risk management program as developed by the Chief Information Officer. View the Bill

Identity Management Bill

Delegate Tom Rust and Senator John Watkins
Electronic identity management; standards; liability. Creates the Identity Management Standards Advisory Council to advise the Secretaries of Technology and Transportation on the adoption of technical and data standards regarding the verification and authentication of identity in digital and online transactions.View the Bill

Cyber Security News

Governor McAuliffe Announces State Action to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia is establishing the Nation’s first state-level Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO).
Governor McAuliffe Announces Initiative to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia is establishing a public-private working group to explore the technology needed to safeguard Virginia’s citizens and public safety agencies from cybersecurity attacks
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Chief Information Officer
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Nelson Moe has been appointed as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As technology plays a more vital role in the Commonwealth’s day-to-day operations, Nelson will
Governor McAuliffe Announces Cybersecurity Boot Camp for Virginia Educators
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that 20 high school teachers from around Virginia will receive hands-on instruction in cutting-edge cybersecurity education tools and methods on July 27-31, 2015 at James Madison University (JMU).
Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive to Strengthen Cybersecurity Protocol
Today Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Directive 6 to strengthen the Commonwealth’s cybersecurity measures in order to protect personal information and sensitive data through the expansion of cyber-related risk management activities.
Virginia Cyber Security Research Leading the Way Towards Safeguarding the Nation’s First Responders
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the promising results of a collaborative public-private initiative to explore the safeguards needed to protect Virginia’s citizens and public safety agencies from cyber security attacks targeting automobiles.