Technology, Management and Budget
Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Michigan’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, reminding all Michiganders of the need be vigilant of their online activities to avoid cyber-crimes.
“Cybersecurity is now as important as home security in our increasing online world,” Snyder said. “You can’t avoid hearing stories of high-profile breaches and cyber incidents that are occurring more frequently and threaten the security of all Michigan residents. Awareness is the best defense against criminals who seek to steal our secure information. The most informed individuals and businesses are the best equipped to thwart cyber-attacks.”
According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $26.5 million to cybercriminal activities so far this year, with an average victim loss of nearly $4,000. From January to September 2016, there have been more than $1.1 billion in cyber-attack losses nationwide.
“Cyber criminals are a serious threat to our daily routines and connected lifestyles,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police. “To ensure the safety of Michiganders, the Michigan Cyber Command Center provides a single-point of contact to investigate and prosecute Michigan’s cybercrimes through partnerships and information sharing with government agencies and businesses.”
State government has taken a collaborative and proactive approach to cyber defense with the creation of the Michigan Cyber Command Center, partnering with the Merit Network on the establishment of the Michigan Cyber Range at public universities and National Guard installations and the formation of the Cyber Civilian Corps to assist in emergencies.
"The Michigan National Guard is proud of the cybersecurity partnerships we have developed at the Federal, State, and Local levels,” said Major General Gregory J. Vadnais, Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard and Director of Military and Veteran Affairs. “Michigan is the model for the nation in building the capability to protect our infrastructure."
Throughout October, the Michigan State Police and DTMB will be promoting ways for Michiganders to be safe and secure online as a part of the Michigan Cyber Initiative.
“The state of Michigan is looked upon as a national leader in creating strategies to strengthen cybersecurity,” said David Behen, Department of Technology, Management and Budget director and state chief information officer. “Our efforts to create partnerships with government agencies, military, academia and private-sector companies has strengthened the state’s ability to prevent a cyber-attack and react swiftly when needed.”
To learn about staying safe and protected online, individuals are encouraged to go to the Michigan Cyber Initiative website at www.michigan.gov/cybersecurity. Information ranging from practicing proper cyber hygiene to learning about available law enforcement resources is on the website.
On Oct. 17, Snyder will host the North American International Cyber Summit at the Cobo Center in Detroit. This will be the fifth cyber summit in Michigan, bringing together cyber security professionals from around the world to participate in dynamic discussions and provide the latest information in cyber technology and strategy.
The event is open to the public and will feature information for individuals, families, educators, business professionals, law enforcement and government officials. Registration is open now at www.michigan.gov/cybersummit.