Pence executive order creates Executive Council on Cybersecurity

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence issued an executive order Wednesday to create the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity to prevent, respond to and recover from all types of cyber security issues, including attacks.

The Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity will be made up of 23 members from various public and private organizations across the state.

“The Cybersecurity Council will bring together state government, federal agencies, and the private sector to enhance cybersecurity statewide,” Pence said in a statement. “Online interaction is vital to nearly every aspect of our economy, including utilities and financial sectors. While risk can never be completely eliminated, Indiana will employ all available tools to manage cyber threats.

The Cybersecurity Council will target evolving threats to cyber security and increase collaboration between the public and private sector.

The Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety will serve as the State Cybersecurity Coordinator. The Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security will serve as Chair of the Cybersecurity Council.

The council also will be comprised of advisory members, or subject-matter experts, in various related fields. The number of advisory members will vary, based on short- and long-term needs in a specific policy or technical areas.

“We are witnessing increased collaboration between the private sector and Indiana’s top universities as industry leaders work to develop new solutions while training tomorrow’s innovators,” Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith said in a statement. “Indiana recently led a delegation to Israel to participate in the second largest cybersecurity conference in the world, and I can say with confidence that these 21st Century challenges are not unique to Indiana or to the United States.” is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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