Alabama Focusing on Cybersecurity

Aug 2, 2017

The state of Alabama is working with other states to try and improve cybersecurity measures.

Governor Kay Ivey announced yesterday that she has signed onto a multi-state “Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity” that was agreed upon at this year’s National Governors Association summer meeting.

The compact was signed by 38 governors across the country. It makes recommendations to better secure states’ online infrastructure by building better cybersecurity governance, preparing and defending the state from threats, and developing Alabama’s cybersecurity workforce.

The responsibility for implementing the new regulations will mainly fall on the Alabama Office of Information Technology. Acting Secretary of IT, Jim Purcell, says he’s excited about the new compact, and his department will work closely with the governor’s office to meet her expectations.

The office has already begun planning and implementing several of the compact’s recommendations.