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Virginia Concludes Cyber Physical Systems Summit; Brian Moran Comments

NASA photoCyber professionals, government officials, academics, military personnel and industry have concluded a three-day summit on cyber physical system security held in Virginia to address cyber threats to critical infrastructure, Daily Press reported Thursday.

Tamara Dietrich writes summit participants discussed cyber risks to critical systems such as power, water and wastewater utilities during the Cyber Physical Systems Summit held at Jefferson Lab in Newport News.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the National Governors Association, hosted the summit.

The summit was intended to raise awareness on the challenges facing organizations to protect autonomous platforms, infrastructure and Internet of Things-based devices, McAuliffe’s office said in August.

“Virginia takes an ‘all hazards’ approach to disaster preparedness,” Brian Moran, Virginia’s secretary of public safety and homeland security, told the event.

Moran described the approach as significant due to the large number of strategic federal and military assets in the state, the report says.

Moran said Virginia and the Department of Homeland Security have launched a program to raise cybersecurity awareness and assess computer defense structures around water and wastewater groups, Daily Press reports.

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