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State CISO to Share Updates at DMS Cyber Council Meeting

The hybrid public meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 25, allowing both in-person and remote participation.

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The Cybersecurity Advisory Council of the Department of Management Services (DMS) will hear updates from the state chief information security officer (CISO) at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The agenda includes a presentation by Florida A&M University and discussions on cybersecurity matters including updates from the CISO.

The Cybersecurity Advisory Council was established by HB 1297, during the 2021 regular legislative session. As outlined in section 282.319 of the Florida Statutes, the council's purpose is to aid state agencies in safeguarding IT resources from cyber threats and incidents.

According to its website, the council is comprised of:
  • The lieutenant governor
  • The state CIO
  • The state CISO
  • The director of the Division of Emergency Management or his or her designee
  • A representative of the computer crime center of the Department of Law Enforcement, appointed by the executive director of the department
  • A representative of the Florida Fusion Center of the Department of Law Enforcement, appointed by the executive director of the department
  • The chief inspector general
  • A representative from the Public Service Commission
  • Up to two representatives from institutions of higher education located in this state, appointed by the governor
  • Three representatives from critical infrastructure 575 sectors, one of which must be from a water treatment facility, appointed by the governor
  • Four representatives of the private sector with senior-level experience in cybersecurity or software engineering from within the finance, energy, health care and transportation sectors, appointed by the governor
  • Two representatives with expertise on emerging technology, with one appointed by the president of the Senate and one appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives

The council is required to submit any legislative recommendations it considers necessary by June 30 each year.

The meeting will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will take place at Florida A&M University Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) Building Room 301 in Tallahassee. The public can also join remotely by dialing 1-646-931-3860 with the meeting ID 274 310 3408.

For more information please visit the Cybersecurity Advisory Council website.
Cristina Carter is a Tallahassee-based staff writer. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in international affairs, both from Florida State University.