Gov. Jay Nixon stressed the importance of cybersecurity, calling it a service to the people of Missouri, during an address Tuesday at the inaugural Missouri Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit.
The conference was one effort of Missouri’s new Cybersecurity Task Force, which includes representatives from state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, private businesses, higher education institutions and public school districts. The task force is Funded partially through a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Nixon opened the conference with his speech addressing cybersecurity as a service, pointing out how sensitive information entrust to the state. He noted that hundreds of outside groups, including the hacker group Anonymous, have attempted to break into the state of Missouri’s systems in the past.
Nixon also said businesses and organizations will have to have measures in place to safeguard electronic information in the future. “We’ll look back and say, this will be like ‘How do you have traffic without traffic lights. How did you control traffic without traffic lights?’ It’s going to be that necessary.”