JOLIET, IL – Will County board member Jackie Traynere (D-Bolingbrook) has been appointed to the National Association of Counties’ cybersecurity task force.
The newly formed initiative will raise awareness of online threats and fraud as well as educate local governments and the public on how to better secure their networks.
“A vital piece of homeland security is cyber security,” said Traynere. “Because more and more sensitive information is shared through the internet, local governments and small businesses are becoming targets for hackers and viral attacks.
“I look forward to highlighting this critical issue and helping to raise the level of awareness and education across the country. We must do more to protect our national online infrastructure, everything from airports to water systems to electrical grids.”
The cybersecurity task force will provide counties and elected officials with the resources and knowledge necessary to combat cyber threats.
Besides raising awareness and providing education, the task force’s objectives include connecting county government with federally funded services offered by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center; connecting them with Department of Homeland Security resources such as IT risk assessments; and monitoring cyber security legislation.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. During the month, the Board will use its website, Facebook page and Twitter feed to provide residents with simple steps to keep themselves, their personal assets, and private information safe online.
Board members encourage everyone to do their part to make cyberspace safer and more resilient. The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county government in the United States.
As a unified voice, NACo has the ability to present issues to federal legislators and make the needs and opinions of counties count at the national level.
NACo also works to improve the public’s understanding of the role of county government. It facilitates the sharing of innovative solutions through education, research, and value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.
For more information, visit www.willcountyboard.com, www.facebook.com/willcounty or www.twitter.com/willcountyboard.