Workshop on enhancing cybersecurity held

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The workshop discussed the national cyber security landscape and facilitated discussions about conducting risk assessments for cyber vulnerabilities.

Enhancing Guam’s cybersecurity capabilities was the focal point of a workshop led by the National Governors Association on Wednesday Oct. 23.

The workshop featured John Guerrero, NGA policy analyst, who discussed the national cybersecurity landscape, facilitated discussions about conducting risk assessments for cyber vulnerabilities, establishing enterprise-wide cybersecurity services, cyber disruption response planning for critical infrastructure and opportunities to partner with all stakeholders to advance Guam’s cybersecurity initiative, according to Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde Blas.

“State cybersecurity is not just an IT problem,” said Tim Aguon, Homeland Security Advisor. “Cybersecurity is all-encompassing and requires an island-wide approach. With the support of the Leon Guerrero/Tenorio Administration and all the stakeholders, we were able to understand our current cyber posture and finalize ways to improve the cyber hygiene for the government of Guam and the island as a whole.”

Guam was one of seven states and territories selected to work on strategies to enhance nationwide cybersecurity.

Blas said attendees for the workshop included information technology (IT) personnel from the government of Guam, GovGuam finance, Guam National Guard, critical infrastructure, utilities, law enforcement, public safety, and federal partners.

The workshop follows a report from Governor Lou Leon Guerrero revealing that Guam Solid Waste Authority fell victim to cyber fraud resulting in the government of Guam losing $267,000.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.