Michigan IT chief details threats to cyber security

Mar 11, 2015

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What happens in Michigan 730,000 times a day? According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, that's the number of times daily that someone tries to hack into a state government computer. Officials are quick to point out that virtually all are detected and quickly stopped. Still, it requires a comprehensive and expensive cyber security effort to stay ahead of the threat. Officials say the number of attempts will rise.

As might befit a former computer executive, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is aware of the importance of cyber security. In his 2016 budget proposal, the Governor is calling for a $7-million dollar spending boost to safeguard state computers from hackers.

Current State speaks with the state of Michigan's Chief Security Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Rod Davenport.