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Terry McAuliffe Directs Virginia IT Agency to Expand Cyber Risk Mgmt Activities

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe
Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued an executive directive to expand the state’s cyber-related risk management activities in support of efforts to strengthen cybersecurity measures.

The governor’s office said in an announcement posted Aug. 31 that Executive Directive 6 mandates the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to update its data and computer systems inventory.

The directive also requires VITA to develop strategies that work to modernize and bolster cybersecurity profiles across the state government.

“A key ingredient to building a new Virginia economy is a solid cyber infrastructure,” said McAuliffe.

“[This directive] initiates enhanced risk management processes that will increase our ability to mitigate the ever increasing flow of cyber threats.”

VITA will work with the state secretaries of technology and finance to perform the inventory update and strategy development by Oct. 15, as well as provide a status report on the execution or implementation of the strategies and associated plans by October next year.

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