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.