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Affordability Key To Cybersecurity

No two governments are the same, and in Ohio they range in size from tiny townships and school boards to the state government itself. But, in cooperation with the National Governors Association, the state Department of Administrative Services is working to develop better cybersecurity and generally enhance the digital networks of all those government entities and agencies.

Ohio is not alone in the partnership. Also participating are Arkansas, Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington. The idea is to help government at all levels be prepared and be able to protect the public’s digital assets.

The Center for Internet Security has laid out six basic controls it says can stop 85% of cybersecurity threats: inventory and control of hardware assets; inventory and control of software assets; continuous vulnerability management; controlled use of administrative privileges; secure configuration for hardware; and software on mobile devices, laptops, workstations and servers; and maintenance, monitoring and analysis of audit logs, according to another media outlet.

ODAS Director Matt Damschroder explains the national effort is important because it may help develop a model for Ohio.

“Programs like this, where we have the grants through the NGA are helpful because it helps to avoid each individual local government reinventing the wheel,” Damschroder told WOSU Public Media.

Efficiency is good thing; and anything that will save Ohio taxpayers money while keeping their information and the networks that power our local governments and agencies more secure is an important undertaking. But those in the partnership must be careful not to eliminate all flexibility in creating a template meant to fit all of Ohio, including small towns, school districts, etc., that may not be able to afford what national experts may consider to be perfection.

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