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Husted Says Ohio Agencies Taking Cyber Security Seriously After U.S. Capitol Attack

Ohio National Guard cyber security at computer
Dan Konik
Ohio Public Radio
Ohio National Guard cyber security

National reports suggest federal and state government agencies could be facing elevated threats of cyber attacks following the violent, pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says the state is taking those threats seriously.

Husted heads up the InnovateOhio agency, working to improve digital services within each of Ohio's departments.

With those improvements has come a switch to cloud-based platforms, which also improve the security for those digital systems, according to Husted.

"We have a lot of people in the world who are not friends of America, who are looking at cyber attacks as the new way of disrupting our lives, our lifestyles, our economy," Husted says.

Husted says state agencies have been working on rising to the latest cybersecurity standards, but says one challenge Ohio continues to face is recruiting more talent to work in the cybersecurity field – a common issue around the country.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.