The Maryland Association of County Information Technology Officers, working with the Emergency Communications Committee of the Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers prepare for a discussion of cyber vulnerabilities and response at MACo’s Summer Conference.
Who in your county handles cybersecurity? Depending on your county, this might be a point person within the department of information technology, an independent office, or a position in another county department.
As cyber threats to county services continue to escalate, one priority of MACo’s IT and emergency management affiliates is to make sure that going forward there is communication between counties about threat information as incidents unfold. While such communications will be carried out through emergency management or public safety channels, MACo is supporting efforts to identify the process, methods, and key contacts.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, the Chair of the Emergency Communications Committee of the Maryland Association of County Emergency Managers and the President of the Maryland Association of County Information Technology Officers.
Cal Bowman, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, will join the August 14 meeting of the Maryland Association of County Information Technology Officers, who have also opened this meeting to interested Emergency Managers and 9-1-1 Center Directors.
As described by Bowman,
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security will serve to harmonize efforts among multiple organizations working towards a unified cyber goal and multiple objectives. This unity of effort will prevent state organizations from working at cross purposes and reduce duplication of effort. Through a design thinking approach, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security will continue to work alongside partners from government, military, private sector industry, and academia to develop a deep understanding of the problems and realities of the people we serve.
For more information about the meeting of the Maryland Association of County Information Technology Officers at MACo’s Summer Conference, contact Robin Clark Eilenberg of MACo.
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