Civil Defense for the 21st Century
During his remarks at the 2018 Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum, Governor Baker announced the convening of a new group, called ‘Cyber Resilient Massachusetts,’ which will bring together public and private sector leaders to identify ways the Commonwealth’s innovative technology firms can help Massachusetts municipalities and critical institutions protect sensitive data, increase cybersecurity awareness, and respond to emerging threats.
Cyber Resilient Massachusetts is a new commitment to bolster ‘cyber resiliency’ through a working group led by the director of the MassCyberCenter at MassTech. On the public sector side, the group will assess working relationships and collaboration between public agencies on cybersecurity. The Governor also solicited input from cybersecurity and private sector leaders at the Forum, asking them to engage and provide feedback to the new effort, noting that 'cybersecurity is everyone’s business.'
The new director of the MassCyberCenter, Stephanie Helm, stressed the importance of the new working group, highlighting the value of working with the Commonwealth's public safety and cybersecurity-focused regulators, as well as the innovation and tech sectors, to identify ways to better protect the Commonwealth’s citizens and critical infrastructure.