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National Experts Examine Importance of Cyber Infrastructure

As the world’s dependence and social culture continues to rely more and more on technology, Michigan has become a national leader in cyber security. National experts and government leaders gathered this morning to discuss the importance of protecting critical cyber infrastructure, and what business and governments need to be prepared for during a session titled “Building and Protecting Michigan’s Critical Cyber Infrastructure.

Panelists included David Behen, chief information officer, State of Michigan; Dr. Farnam Jahanian, computer and information science directorate, National Science Foundation and University of Michigan professor; U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton); and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph). Crain’s Detroit Business Publisher Mary Kramer moderated the session.

The panel discussed the vital importance of cyber hygiene and the recognition of possible threats in both the private sector and government entities. They also discussed programs, processes and research and development efforts that are improving knowledge and preparedness for potential cyber threats. Dr. Jahanian also suggested these threats are not just a technological issue, but a social and behavioral issue and the most important step to take now is to address the root causes and not just the symptoms of cyber attacks.

This session was sponsored by Comcast Business.