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Governor Deal Issues Business Cybersecurity Proclamation

Proclamation to be presented at the TAG Cybersecurity Simulation at Clay National Guard Center on February 25th


ATLANTA (February 25th, 2014) ­– In recognition of the vital importance of cybersecurity in Georgia, and the economic impact on all businesses that operate in the state, Governor Deal has signed a proclamation declaring February 25th as "Business Cybersecurity Day in Georgia” to build cooperation and government-enterprise partnership and prepare Georgia businesses to react quickly and with a minimum of damage to the inevitable cyber challenges that lie ahead”.


“The State of Georgia is a leader in the area of cyber security and the upcoming cyber security simulation reinforces that leadership.   The office of the Governor, in partnership with TAG, is positioning Georgia as the place to be if you are in the field of cyber security.” said Roy Hadley, Chair of the TAG Info Security Society and partner in the Privacy & Information Security practice in the Atlanta office of the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP.  “We are excited that Governor Deal is supportive of this unique initiative and of the Georgia cyber security industry.  Cyber security is truly one area where Georgia leads.”


The proclamation will be officially presented to the Info Security Society of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) at the 2014 Cybersecurity Simulation. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 25th at the Clay National Guard Center (CNGC) in Marietta, Ga.


More than 200 executives, law enforcement and other cyber security professionals will be guests of The Adjutant General of the Georgia National Guard, General James Butterworth at the CNGC, headquarters of the Georgia National Guard. Located near Dobbins Air Reserve Base, CNGC is also the home of the 201st Regional Support Group (RSG) and the Joint Operations Center (JOC). These units foster dialogue between regional first responders and other agencies, and play an important role at the regional level, helping develop and build regional disaster relief and response plans and cybersecurity alerts and responses, in conjunction with southeastern emergency managers, such as the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).


The Cybersecurity Simulation event is an all-day, open business continuity simulation: a role playing event where C-Level executives, senior management and security practitioners come together and spontaneously react to carefully planned business-impacting cyber and physical attacks and try and get their fictional organization back up and running. 


This year's simulation centers on the fictional The Logistics Company (TLC), which will be the target of seven attacks including (5) cyber attacks, (1) physical attack and (1) social engineering attack. Observers will see the anatomy of seven attacks and the business, technical and legal response of the fictional TLC Dream Team as they apply their best practices to repel the attacks with minimum disruption to their global business and experience realistic cyber attack scenarios and interact with the role players without the risk associated with an actual event. Even though TLC is a logistics company there are lessons to be learned by all business sectors.


The 2014 Cybersecurity Simulation is conducted following the guidelines of the DHS Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (DHS HSEEP). The DHS HSEEP structure is followed in the construction of the simulation, DHS HSEEP observers watch and judge the Simulation and prepare the After Action Report following the Simulation which provides lessons learned, including recommendations for improvement of subsequent Simulations.



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About TAG Information Security Society

The TAG Information Security Society's mission is to provide a leadership forum focused on education and collaborative sharing of today’s information security, privacy, risk management and compliance related issues. 


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About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 22,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah.  TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. 


TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. 


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