Cyber security measures a good thing

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

Ohio is not alone in the partnership — Arkansas, Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington are participating, too. 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 percent 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.

According to ODAS Director Matt Damschroder, the effort is important because it may help develop a template for all of 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 normally a 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 undtertaking. But those in the partnership must be careful not to eliminate all flexibility in creating a template meant to fit ALL of Ohio.

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