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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia must be diligent in taking actions and measures to ensure and enhance security and to identify, protect against, prevent, and respond to cyber threats to both individual and collective security and privacy; and
WHEREAS, the prevalence of malware, cyberattacks and other virtual threats targeted at internet users and Virginia’s information technology infrastructure are increasing by the day and ransomware attacks on government infrastructure and services nationwide have spiked; and
WHEREAS, information systems and technology are a core function of the infrastructure of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and support Virginia’s economy and various system areas, including financial services, health care, emergency response systems, energy, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, construction, mining, agriculture, wholesale, retail, real estate, tourism and more; and
WHEREAS, the internet, computers, and automated systems are vital to the daily operations of businesses, banks, schools, libraries, government agencies, and citizens who use these systems to communicate with family and friends, manage finances, conduct business, and consult legal services; and
WHEREAS, strict security standards and measures for state government have been established in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and are in place to protect the valuable and sensitive information entrusted to it by citizens, businesses and organizations in the state, and requires extensive training for state employees responsible for the care and secure handling of such electronic information; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order 19 is designed to leverage cloud services to migrate systems to make the Commonwealth a more agile and modern place for business; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is a national leader in digital systems and cybersecurity, setting an example for all others to follow; and
WHEREAS, maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each citizen has a critical role to play, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of the Commonwealth’s information, infrastructure, and economy; and
WHEREAS, cybersecurity education is a responsibility and duty of every individual in the Commonwealth, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of Virginia’s information infrastructure and economy;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2020 as CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.