October is Michigan Cybersecurity Month

Cyber security is a growing concern for Michiganders as they are relying more heavily on the internet in everyday life, and now Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October as Michigan Cybersecurity Month. 

According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $42 million to cybercriminal activities so far this year. In 2013, the Michigan Cyber Command Center was established by Governor Rick Snyder. The center is the main contact point for the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes, and is responsible for the coordination of efforts during critical cyber incidents in Michigan. 

On October 28th, the state of Michigan will host the eighth annual North American International Cyber Summit in Detroit to highlight emerging trends in cybersecurity and share best practices in policy, law, and all manner of public and private interests. Department of Technology Management and Budget (DTMB) Director Tricia Foster said, “When it comes to preventing cybercrime, individuals must be educated and remain vigilant.”

Reporting for WGRT – EBWtv