Hogan Executive Order Calls For New Cybersecurity Plan

Governor Larry Hogan today issued an executive order Thursday directing his Office of Homeland Security to coordinate, improve, and implement an updated cybersecurity plan to ensure that Maryland is prepared to confront today’s cyber threats.

According to a press release:

The order lays out a collaborative process for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, led by Walter “Pete” Landon, to work with key state agencies, including the Department of Information Technology (DoIT), the Maryland Military Department, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and to seek input and information from other branches of state and federal government, the private sector, and the academic community in order to analyze existing plans, share innovative new strategies, and determine the best cybersecurity practices for Maryland to adopt.

The new plan will also incorporate recommendations from the Maryland Cybersecurity Council and the Cyber Disruption Contingency Plan prepared by DoIT and MEMA in April 2017. Once implemented, it will improve the processes and procedures designed to shield state government from a broad array of virtual threats, and to manage and minimize the risk of any breach of government systems at a time where global cyber threats are on the rise.

The draft plan is expected to be delivered to Hogan by May 2018.

Read the full press release for more information.