From: Government Technology

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently named two new ways the state will protect its systems and the data of its citizens.

On Jan. 6 at the Governor’s Summit on Cybersecurity and Privacy, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced two new programs to strengthen cybersecurity and privacy in the state. Washington will partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to strengthen critical infrastructure and government services, and through the governor’s executive order, the state will also create a new state Office of Privacy and Data Protection.

“We are the world’s center for digital commerce. We know that in this digital era, good cybersecurity is essential to the continuity of global commerce and to a thriving economy,” Inslee said. “We’re excited that Washington’s work in this area is being recognized by the Department of Homeland Security. They’ve chosen our state for an innovative pilot program that will further strengthen our efforts to defend our critical infrastructure.”

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