Pennsylvania Security Center: Educating Staff to Protect Data from Cyberattacks

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  • Govtech
  • 3 years ago

Pennsylvania capitol building in Harrisburg

In the face of ever-present and increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats, a new entity in central Pennsylvania is a public-private partnership effort to tackle such threats head-on.

The Harrisburg University Security Center of Excellence opened in November, and is developing security curriculum aimed at boosting the skills of security specialists in the area’s government sector.

“What this is going to really allow us to do is to educate staff in their professional career development but, more importantly, help us combat the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity,” said Pennsylvania CIO Tony Encinias.

Encinias and Erik Avakian, the state’s chief information security officer (CISO), are involved in helping the center to develop and deliver its curriculum and shape security best practices. The state is a leader in cybersecurity and has received awards for the management of its network security.

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