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Governors association launches new tech division addressing cyber

September 28, 2017

The National Governors Association has established a new “NGA Future” technology office to advise governors and state officials on technology issues, including cybersecurity

NGA on Wednesday announced the new office, which will be led by Tim Blute, an NGA official who spearheaded former NGA Chairman Terry McAuliffe’s “Meet the Threat” cybersecurity initiative.

“Cybersecurity has been a top priority for NGA these last couple years…” Blute said in a video announcing the office. “We always have to keep security at the top of our minds.”

Blute said, however, that NGA’s core cybersecurity work will continue to go on “for the next couple years.”

Current NGA Chairman Brian Sandoval, the Republican governor of Nevada, has launched an “Ahead of the Curve” initiative on energy and transportation technology that will address some cybersecurity issues.

Governors also signed on to a Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity at NGA’s summer meeting in July, and NGA has developed guides on a range of issues from cyber regulation to cyber incident response.