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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in Michigan

Staff writer |
Recognizing the ever-increasing need for citizens, businesses and governments to prepare for attacks, Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Michigan.

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“The Internet touches virtually every aspect of our lives, making cyber security more important than ever,” GovernorSnyder said.

“Let’s use Cyber Security Awareness Month as an opportunity to become better informed of cyber threats and how to avoid them as families, job providers and government leaders. Michigan has emerged as a leader on this critical issue and we’ll continue our commitment to enhancing the security of residents and their personal information.”

Data theft and security breaches cost businesses worldwide an estimated $1 trillion annually, and the state of Michigan blocks more than 500,000 hacking attempts each day on its networks. Michigan has taken many proactive steps to address the constant attempts on the state’s systems and networks.

Enhancements have been made to the Michigan Security Operations Center to guard against cyber and physical threats to state facilities and systems. Continued collaboration with state, local and federal agencies, as well as private sector partners has led to advances in early detection and rapid responses to cyber incidents.

“Through the strong support of Gov. Snyder, Michigan has been steadfastly focused on combatting cyber threats,” said David Behen, Department of Technology, Management and Budget director and chief information officer.

“The state is now more prepared than ever to react to new and evolving security threats, creating training, facilities and metrics that have become a model nationwide. Michigan is also well positioned to take advantage of the growing economic development opportunities arising from the need for cybersecurity.”

Experts from the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, State Police, Attorney General and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs collaborated to create a comprehensive website,, with information to help citizens, businesses and governments protect their sensitive data. Pooling intellectual resources across state government ensure that all areas of security are addressed on the site, including threat detection, security measures, and cyber crime reporting.

On Nov. 17, Snyder will host the North American International Cyber Summit in Detroit. This will be the third cyber summit in Michigan to bring together cyber security professionals from around the globe, providing the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and network with others in the field.

Highly respected speakers from the public and private sectors will address emerging trends, technology and best practices. The event is open to the public and will feature information for individuals, families, educators, business professionals, law enforcement and government officials.

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