A joint action plan for cybersecurity was approved last week by the Council of Governors, Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the National Governors Association (NGA) 2014 Summer Meeting.
The Joint Action Plan for State-Federal Unity of Effort on Cybersecurity “is a commitment by states, DHS and DoD to work together to improve the nation’s cybersecurity posture. It establishes a framework to guide state-federal discussions in areas such as information sharing, operational coordination and incident response,” NGA said in an announcement.
The action plan incorporates several of governors’ key priorities, including:
- Ensuring that the National Guard can be used to support both federal and state missions;
- Improving coordination between states and the federal government on cybersecurity incident management and response; and
- Enhancing state-federal information sharing during cyber incidents.
“Cybersecurity is a top priority for the nation’s governors,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who serves as co-chair of the council. “This joint action plan is yet another step toward protecting our citizens and economy against cyber attacks. Our National Guard is a highly experienced, capable force and an essential state partner.”