The eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month was kicked off Oct. 7 at the Michigan Cyber Summit when the state hosted both Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder hosted the event and announced a “Cyber Initiative” in which his state will authorize a “Cyber Command Center” led by the Michigan state police. Snyder also announced the launch of the Michigan Cyber Defense Response Team to advise state leaders on preventing cyber attacks.
“No country, no industry, no community and no individual is immune to risk in cyberspace and we all have a role in securing it,” said Schmidt, a 40-year veteran of governmental security. “That’s why the overarching theme for this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month is “Our Shared Responsibility.”
Additional attendees of the summit included Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Hansen Clarke (D-Mich). Dozens of representatives from the state, local and private sector levels were also present at the event in Ypsilanti.