Ensuring the cybersecurity of any organization is a daunting task in today’s non-stop cyber world. But protecting an entire state is a true Herculean task – one that requires a Whole of State approach. And that is how Colorado is leading the way.
Colorado is trailblazing as one of the few states with an organic, bottom-up approach to securing our great state. Led by local jurisdictions and supporting state and federal agencies, the Whole of State Working Group has evolved over the past several years into an organized collaborative working towards rising the tide of cybersecurity in Colorado. Concerned with the needs of our least-resourced jurisdictions, the Working Group uses feedback from smaller jurisdictions as a starting point for developing cyber resources in Colorado.
The Colorado Cybersecurity Resource Center (CCRC) is one of the key examples of the work the Whole of State Group has undertaken. Focused on creating an easy, one-stop-resource-hub for Colorado jurisdictions, the CCRC will serve a starting point for many jurisdictions looking to improve their cyber defenses in this digital Wild West.
The CCRC will include a growing list of easy-to-use templates and resources for various parts of the cyber journey such as establishing an organization’s level of cyber vulnerability, developing effective incident response plans, as well as serve as a connecting point to experts with local knowledge and context for various issues.
Additionally, the CCRC will soon serve as the hub for Colorado’s chapter of PISCES – an initiative that helps monitor network flows of smaller jurisdictions at no charge while allowing cybersecurity students to gain experience that translates into workforce talent. The CCRC is also establishing a statewide cyber range that will give students across the state, from middle school all the way up to advance undergraduates, the chance to learn and hone their cyber skills as part of Colorado’s cyber future.
In short, the focus of Colorado’s model for advancing cybersecurity throughout the state is one that can truly lift of all boats. If you are interested in the work being done by the Whole of State Working Group and would like to participate, please contact Mattie Gullixson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details on the Group’s initiatives, visit the overview document here.