National Cybersecurity Center Announces Launch of Cybersecurity for Government Leaders

Colorado Springs, CO – February 1st, 2023 The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) announced the launch of Cybersecurity for Government Leaders, an initiative to train all government leaders on cybersecurity best practices. The program, known previously as Cybersecurity for State Leaders, offered trainings in all 50 states and several territories in 2021, trained over 1,300 state leaders. Cyber for Government Leaders aims to educate government leaders and staff on ways to strengthen defenses against digital attacks. 

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“In our outreach to state leaders in 2021, we were bombarded with requests from government leaders at the local level to join the trainings,” said Jonah Wisch, Program Director at the NCC. “Looking forward to 2023, Cybersecurity for Government Leaders will continue the important mission to secure the frontlines of democracy by helping government leaders arm themselves and their staff with best practices to safeguard against cyber threats.” 

The NCC is partnering with CSG West on Cybersecurity for Government Leaders on nonpartisan trainings intended to prepare their membership to be vigilant against cyber threats by offering to educate on the ecosystem of cybersecurity, common types of cyberattacks and best practices on how to protect individuals against cyber threats.  

“CSG West is excited to continue partnering with the NCC and MS-ISAC to offer cybersecurity training and best practices to Western legislators. This policy area is dynamic and complex and there are many newly elected officials who can benefit from this opportunity. It is very important for state legislators to walk the fine line of security and overregulation. We value NCC and MS-ISAC’s expertise and insights on these critical issues.” Edgar Ruiz, CSG West director. 

The trainings will again include participation from national figures in security in both the public and private sector, including Investor on ABC’s Shark Tank and Founder and CEO of Herjavec Group Robert Herjavec, representatives from Google, IBM, Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program, and more. NCC is also partnering with MS-ISAC and the Center for Internet Security to update the curriculum to include content related to MS-ISAC services and offerings available to all government leaders. 

“We are thrilled to join with the National Cybersecurity Center in educating state and local government leaders in the critical shared responsibility of cybersecurity,” said Karen Sorady, Vice President for MS-ISAC Member Engagement at the Center for Internet Security. “The persistent cyber threat to our government institutions presents a significant financial and operational risk to state and local government entities, and we want them to know that there are many no-cost and low-cost solutions available through the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) to enhance their cybersecurity protections, as well as a community of their peers sharing best practices.” 

As cybersecurity continues to be more important than ever, this initiative takes training directly to the frontlines of our democracy and ensures government leaders and their staff are well versed on the threat environment as well as how to mitigate and protect against potential attacks. 

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About the National Cybersecurity Center 

The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is a non-profit organization established for cyber innovation and awareness. Established in 2016 from the vision of United States Senator from Colorado John Hickenlooper, in coordination with several people from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the community, the NCC serves both public and private organizations and individuals through leadership, collaboration, and education. Discover NCC at cyber-center.org. 

National Cybersecurity Center Statement on White House Cybersecurity Summit

Cybersecurity for State Leaders

On August 25th, President Biden held his first White House Cybersecurity Summit. The National Cybersecurity Center released the following statement:

We commend the Biden Administration for its critical focus on the issue of cybersecurity including appointing Chris Inglis as the first ever National Cyber Director at the White House. Additionally, we commend President Biden for hosting the cybersecurity summit at the White House with leading industry leaders in the tech and financial sectors. As President Biden’s team zeroes in on the critical issue of cybersecurity, we encourage him to work closely with state and local governments, who are on the frontlines of protecting their states against cyber breaches.

In March, we launched Cybersecurity for State Leaders, a nationwide initiative to train, arm, and equip state leaders in best practices in cybersecurity. According to data, more than ten percent of cybersecurity breaches last year involved the public sector – and governments at all levels. States, municipalities, local governments, school districts, hospitals, public utilities and more are significant targets for cyber threats and need all the support they can get.

To date, Cybersecurity for State Leaders has trained hundreds of state leaders including elected and appointed officials and their staffs in best practices in cyber hygiene to help thwart potential threats. We encourage leaders at all levels – including the White House – to remain vigilant against attacks and defend forward against cyber breaches by arming Americans with the best tools to protect themselves.

About National Cybersecurity Center

The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is a non-profit organization established for cyber innovation and awareness. Established in 2016 from the vision of United States Senator from Colorado John Hickenlooper, in coordination with several people from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the community, the NCC serves both public and private organizations and individuals through training, education and research. Discover NCC at https://cyber-center.org/.

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National Cybersecurity Center Selects Arist for Its Text-Based Cybersecurity Training for State Leaders Initiative   

For Immediate Release

 

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Cybersecurity initiative brings best practices in cybersecurity to state lawmakers and their staff via text message

 

BOSTON, MA – August 26, 2021Arist, developers of an innovative enterprise-level text messaging platform for education, training and outreach, today announced that its platform has been selected by the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) to power text-based cybersecurity training for US state leaders. Cybersecurity for State Leaders is a nationwide awareness initiative led by NCC and supported by Google. The initiative aims to bring best practices in cybersecurity to state lawmakers and their staff in all 50 states via live and virtual events and text-based courses.

“We are excited to be working with the National Cybersecurity Center to bring an innovative new form of cybersecurity training to state leaders and their staff,” stated Arist Co-founder and CEO Michael Ioffe. “It is difficult for busy leaders and their teams to find time for any type of training, so when organizations do get their attention they need to make the most of it. The Arist platform will enable the National Cybersecurity Center to meet leaders where they are, on their mobile devices, enabling them to engage with cybersecurity training in a more efficient and effective manner.”

Backed by behavior science from Stanford, Arist enables organizations to develop fully customizable microlearning courses that are dynamic and that audiences can engage with on their mobile devices. Microlearning is a delivery format where trainers send short-form content, usually via text message or other short-form mediums, over an extended period. The American Institute of Physics found that 90% of respondents welcomed a micro approach to learning, compared to 72% for video. This is a big reason for why NCC selected Arist’s text-based platform as a supplement to their online and in-person training initiatives.

“Cybersecurity is more important now than ever before as evidenced by recent cyber-attacks,” said Harry D. Raduege, Jr., Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.), CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center. “Awareness and education are important factors in cybersecurity and our partnership with Arist will help the NCC to deliver success in a more convenient and impactful way. We are now able to go directly to the frontlines of our democracy to ensure that state lawmakers are well versed on the threat environment as well as how to mitigate and protect against potential attacks.”

In addition to the text-base courses powered by Arist, NCC’s Cybersecurity for State Leaders also offers live workshops featuring national cybersecurity leaders in both the public and private sector, including famed cybersecurity executive and Investor on ABC’s Shark Tank and founder and CEO of the Herjavec Group, Robert Herjavec, former State Department Spokesperson and Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs Heather Nauert, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA), former Chief Information Security Officer for the Information Security Division of the U.S. Small Business Administration James Saunders, Meredith Griffanti of FTI Consulting, representatives from Google, IBM, Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program and more.

State leaders and their staff that are interested in the text-based Cybersecurity for State Leaders Training are encouraged to register here: https://cyberforgovleaders.org/contact/.

Forward thinking organizations like NCC love the Arist platform because it doesn’t require any coding experience to use and it integrates easily with other learning and marketing automation systems. Arist is also time-efficient and cost-effective. Training courses and campaigns can be created within a few hours, with zero production cost. Traditional methodologies can take hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars to produce.

For more information about Arist, please visit Arist.co

About Arist

Arist is a learning platform that helps Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits rapidly teach and train their workforces via text message-based courses, which are remarkably accessible and frictionless. With use cases ranging from diversity and inclusion to compliance and safety training, Arist is the most effective way to train remote audiences at scale. Arist is based in Boston, MA. For more information, visit Arist.co or on Twitter @learnarist.

About National Cybersecurity Center

The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is a non-profit organization established for cyber innovation and awareness. Established in 2016 from the vision of United States Senator from Colorado John Hickenlooper, in coordination with several people from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the community, the NCC serves both public and private organizations and individuals through training, education and research. Discover NCC at https://cyber-center.org/.

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