State Cyber Day to Highlight Guard Cyber Advances

WASHINGTON (Oct. 21, 2015) — Unique cybersecurity capabilities and partnerships will be featured when the House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus hosts the first State Cyber Day tomorrow (Oct. 22) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Officials from fourteen states, many of them National Guard leaders, the National Governors Association and the National Guard Bureau are among the participants.  

“When it comes to cybersecurity coordination and partnership building, many state entities are ahead of federal efforts,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president. “This event will share those advances to members of Congress and their staffs.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of Rep. Steven Palazzo and Rep. Tim Walz, the co-chairs of the caucus, for creating this opportunity for Washington officials to see what cybersecurity efforts are taking place outside the Capitol Beltway.”

State Cyber Day will feature exhibits and opportunities to speak with state cybersecurity experts. 

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Reporters, Editors & Producers: Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett is available for interviews or to appear as a subject matter expert on defense issues related to the National Guard. Contact John Goheen at 202-408-5882 to schedule an interview or appearance.

About NGAUS: The association includes nearly 45,000 current or former Guard officers. It was created in 1878 to provide unified National Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by educating Congress on Guard requirements. Today, 137 years later, NGAUS has the same mission.