YPSILANTI (WWJ/AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder wants to create a cyber command center under the control of the Michigan State Police to coordinate the efforts of cyber emergency responders. He also wants to create a Michigan Cyber Defense Response Team to support state government and critical businesses and agencies from being hacked.
Both ideas are part of the Michigan Cyber Initiative he unveiled during a summit in Ypsilanti with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Speaking to the crowd on Friday, Snyder said that, outside of weapons of mass destruction, a cyber attack is the biggest threat to our nation’s security.
“Now, there’s a lot og Hollywood hype in it, but the underlying substance is that having out financial institutions and our utilities under attack is a very real threat,” he said.
Gov. Snyder said cyber security is both a necessity and an opportunity to create jobs.
“It is, in terms of cyber security there is good economic development opportunities, and there’s great opportunities for young people to get an education where there will be jobs,” Snyder said.
Secretary Napolitano agreed, urging Michigan students to listen up.”Get some education in cyber security and come work for DHS. We have jobs,” she said.
The initiative includes developing a cybersecurity curriculum for high school and college students and providing an online toolkit residents can turn to for tips on how to safeguard homes, businesses and schools from hackers.
The governor says more action is needed to thwart those using computers for identity theft, espionage and preying on children.