RENO — Clark County and the state of Nevada competed with many other states for the opportunity to have the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) perform a cyber security assessment for Nevada. Selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Nevada was one of two states awarded for the highly competitive program and Clark County and Washoe County/Carson City were the communities chosen to participate.
The goal of the assessment is to strengthen and improve the region’s ability to safeguard information resources. Washoe County’s Chief Information Management Officer Cory Casazza says he is looking forward to the training since the Internet touches everything the county has to offer.
“All of us, from law enforcement, fire and rescue, health services to the financial, utility and service sectors will be severely impacted if access to, or reliability of, information flowing across our networks should suddenly be unavailable or degraded,” Casazza said. “Recognizing this, we’re going to strengthen and improve our ability to safeguard the information resources essential to our community.”
Administered by the CIAS, an extension of the University of Texas – San Antonio, the program consists of a 14-month training and exercise program focused on community cyber security prevention, response and recovery. The program covers both the public and private sectors. The goal is collaborative and secure community infrastructures which have shown to be more stable.
Both local private sectors and the general public will benefit from improved security measures and are invited to participate in the community program. The CIAS program will launch with introductory meetings on Feb. 28 at two times: 8:30 a.m. at the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) located at 5195 Spectrum Blvd. in Reno; and at 11 a.m. in the central conference room (room C110) located in Building C at the Washoe County Complex, 1001 E. Ninth St. in Reno.