LAS VEGAS, NV - March 10, 2016
LAS VEGAS – Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison was unanimously elected chairman of Nevada’s 19-member Cyber Security Committee. Following the election and yesterday’s commission meeting, Lt. Gov. Hutchison issued this statement:
“I am pleased and honored to serve as chairman of Nevada’s Cyber Security Committee,” said Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison. “I recently visited Nellis Air Force Base and met with some of the finest cyber security experts in the country. The importance of protecting Nevadans and our infrastructure from cyber attacks has never been more clear or pressing than it is now. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee and throughout the state to promote policies and support activities to defend against the destabilizing and dangerous effects of cyber security threats.”
The Cyber Security Committee is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Commission on Homeland Security on Nevada’s cyber security risk, cyber threat preparedness posture, statewide cyber security plans, cyber related training and exercises, and enhancement of security awareness through education, public awareness, and engagement with public and private sector partners.
Background on the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security:
The commission was created in 2003 by the Nevada Legislature in response to the terror attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. The duties of the commission include, but are not limited to:
- Making recommendations to Governor, Legislature, agencies, local governments, businesses, and private citizens about actions to be taken to protect against terrorism.
- Making recommendations on use of money received by the State from homeland security grants or related programs.
- Proposing goals and programs to counteract acts of terrorism
- Ensuring the safety of Nevada’s residents and the critical infrastructure by identifying susceptible targets
- Examining the use of and deployment of response agencies
- Reviewing efficacy of 911 systems
- Briefing Governor annually of the state’s preparedness