In case you hadn't heard, Oregon Day of Cyber is November 20, and Governor Kate Brown is presenting a proclamation on it at Oregon Tech with many VIPs in attendance. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici will also be attendance, and is well known for her consumer protection focus – important in addressing cybercrime.
There’s also a vendor fair that is bringing in some of the top cybersecurity companies in the industry to recruit Oregon Tech students, and other universities’ students who will be at the fair as well. Vendors include: Redhawk Network Security; Anitian; Amazon/AWS; CA; FirstData; Fortinet; Hueya; PacStar; Splunk; ZScaler.
Oregon Cyber Security Advisory Council member Kris Rosenberg is also the designer of Oregon Tech's Cyber Defense Center and a faculty member in the Information Technology bachelor's degree program. The Council was created through an executive order and legislation in 2017 as a “multi-sector cyber strategy that leverages the private-sector expertise of Oregon's cyber-related industries, enables information sharing, anticipates cyber disruptions and builds capacity across the state and with our local government partners and school districts. SB 90 (2017) and the Cyber Oregon initiative seek to enhance Oregon's cybersecurity through three additional measures, including:
- Establishment of the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council to enhance information sharing and cyber workforce development;
- Enabling planning for development of a public-private Cybersecurity Center of Excellence; and
- Enabling Oregon to compete for cyber grant funding and engage in cross-sector cyber initiatives through public-private partnerships.”
Oregon's cyber partnership is already producing results. This is a real “grow our own” cyber defense force in the state so that we're collectively paying attention and addressing cyber crime.