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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Find out how "we're all in" on cyber.

Network News for September

VITA's e-newsletter for September 2022 is now available.

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Popular topics of interest for localities

Collaboration with our partners, especially at the local level, is critical in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In response to feedback, we've collated resources and combined them into one easy-to-use location specifically for localities in Virginia.

As this effort evolves this featured section will be updated as needed. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at vitacomms@vita.virginia.gov.


Coming soon: federal cybersecurity grants 

As part of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, Virginia expects to receive federal cybersecurity grants to help state, local and tribal public bodies address gaps in government cybersecurity programs.

Driven by the increase in cyber threats, the grants do require states to cover a percentage of the costs with matching funds. To receive grants, states need to adopt and implement an effective cybersecurity plan through an intergovernmental planning committee. On Sept. 16, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the notice of funding opportunity and other awaited program documentation.

Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly appropriated the state matching funds (Item 93(F)). VITA and our partners are working on the multiple steps that must occur for a successful grant application, including forming the cybersecurity planning committee that will approve a cybersecurity plan and priorities.

As more information becomes available, we will update this resource.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) for the Commonwealth of Virginia

The CSAM theme for 2022 is "We're all in.” Because we are all in on cybersecurity in Virginia.

For Cybersecurity Awareness Program Government Resources visit VITA's Cyber Awareness for localities.


Did you have a cyber security breach?

Use the cyber incident report form to notify the Commonwealth.

This form is for public bodies and other organizations to notify the Virginia Fusion Center of cybersecurity incidents, in partnership with Virginia State Police (VSP), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and VITA.

Visit reportcyber.viriginia.gov's FAQs for related questions and answers on the use of this form.

Approved vendors to be used in the Commonwealth

Enterprise Cloud Oversight Service (ECOS)

ECOS provides oversight functions and management of cloud based services, specifically focused on software as a service (SaaS). To view ECOS Approved Supplier List and Metrics visit Approved Application List and ECOS Metrics.

For agencies undertaking the decision to move to cloud-based services additional information can be found at Enterprise Cloud Oversight Service (ECOS).


Interested in our ready-to-use statewide contracts? 

All public bodies can utilize statewide contracts developed by VITA, if provided for in the solicitation or contract.

Begin your search now for available statewide contracts.

Training and workforce opportunities available:

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity enables organizations to develop their workforces to perform cybersecurity work, and it helps learners to explore cybersecurity work and to engage in appropriate learning activities to develop their knowledge and skills.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies’ Cyber Career Roadmap digital tool offers an interactive way for working professionals (cyber and non-cyber), employers, students, and recent grads to explore and build their own career roadmap across the 52 different NICE Framework work roles.

A few suggested links:

Downloads available for use at your locality:

Here are presentations and documents available to download for use at your locality:

 

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