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Del. Gov. Signs Executive Order to Increase Online Safety and Security

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Gov. Jack Markell during the signing of Executive Order 55 (Photo: Delaware.gov) Gov. Jack Markell during the signing of Executive Order 55 (Photo: Delaware.gov)

DOVER, Del. - Del. Governor Jack Markell signed an executive order Wednesday establishing the Delaware Cyber Security Advisory Council.

Executive Order 55 recognizes the ever-increasing need to strengthen online safety and security in a society that relies heavily on the internet, Gov. Markell said.

The council will bring together key members of state agencies, higher education, and small and large businesses to support and make recommendations on issues such as developing best practices to mitigate cyber security risks to critical infrastructure and protected systems, improving overall cyber security posture across all sectors in Delaware, and increasing information sharing between all sectors in Delaware. 

"Maintaining the security of cyberspace must be a shared responsibility," said Markell. "National security and law enforcement leaders have called cyber threats the greatest risk facing our state and our nation. Raising awareness of computer security best practices as well as bringing together government agencies and private sector organizations to develop new strategies to protect our cyber infrastructure is critical to ensuring continued safety and security for all Delawareans." 

The Council's work will support efforts by the Delaware Department of Technology & Information in preventing, detecting, preparing for and responding to cyberattacks. The Council will be the central interface for coordinating cyber security initiatives among the public and private sectors, as well as for promoting further safety and security of critical cyber infrastructure. 

"Government has the solemn duty to lead the efforts to protect the information and resources of Delaware," said James Collins, Delaware's Chief Information Officer and Council member. "Executive Order 55 will allow our state to benefit from a multidisciplinary, cross sector approach to cyber security."

The executive order builds on previous efforts by the Markell administration to prevent and mitigate the impact of cyber-attacks, including workforce development initiatives that address the increased demand for IT and cyber security professionals. In 2009, Delaware became one of the first states in the nation to host the U.S. Cyber Challenge Camps focused on attracting young people to pursue a career in information security. The state also participated in the Cyber Aces training initiative, an online, cyber security education and training program. Nearly 300 participants have graduated either from Delaware's Cyber Aces or Cyber Challenge Camp programs.

Delaware's cyber security efforts are recognized nationally. In 2012, Delaware received the Cyber Security Innovation Award for creating a new certification program for information security officers, and Delaware's public cyber security website has taken first place in three of the last six years in the annual Best of the Web national contest.

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