State of Wyoming Recognizes Cybersecurity Awareness Month

State of Wyoming Recognizes Cybersecurity Awareness Month

CHEYENNE – On October 18, Governor Mark Gordon recognized Cybersecurity Awareness Month, focusing on Wyoming citizens and calling upon them to “See Yourself in Cyber” as well as the safety of Wyoming’s critical infrastructure.

In signing the Cybersecurity Awareness Month proclamation, the Governor encouraged citizens to stay safe online and connect with confidence by monitoring accounts, being conscientious of what is shared online, keeping computer software up to date, creating unique passwords and using a password manager, enabling multi-factor log-ins, and installing antivirus software.

Caption: Far left, Meagan Herrington, Cyber Leader for Black Cat Construction and winner of the 2023 Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses, far left Matthew and Hannah Fields, 4-H leaders for the Laramie County 4H Robotics Team, with Matthew Fields also representing VMAccel and CyberWyoming’s Board of Directors. Middle: Director of Wyoming’s Office of Homeland Security, Lynn Budd, Governor Mark Gordon, and State of Wyoming CISO Aaron Roberts. Also pictured (left) CISA Representatives Mikki Munson and Timothy Walsh.

“So many different businesses are affected by cybersecurity and the threat actors are increasing dramatically.  I really appreciate Wyoming taking a stance on this and putting in the effort to raise awareness in the public,” said Matthew Fields, attendee of the proclamation signing, CEO of VMAccel, and CyberWyoming Board Member.

VMAccel harnesses the power of the cloud and brings it closer to the devices and users that rely on it by helping organizations drive innovation, improve performance, and better serve their customers.  Their solutions accelerate artificial intelligence and machine learning, research, genomics, data analytics, and/or video/image workloads in the cloud.

Also in attendance was Wyoming’s 2023 Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses winner, Meagan Herrington of Black Cat LLC.  “When the Governor acknowledges and supports cybersecurity initiatives, you know that he also supports and appreciates the work that small businesses are doing.”

Black Cat’s commitment to the customization of training and policies for various employee groups, a focus on combining physical and cyber security, and a company-wide adoption of a security culture particularly impressed the judges of the 2023 Competition.  Herrington, as Black Cat’s Cyber Leader, continues to set an example for the Cheyenne community by attending events like the proclamation and encouraging others to secure their companies, too.

“It was a cool afternoon and it felt like the entire State supports cybersecurity efforts,” said Herrington.

Meagan Herrington, Black Cat’s Cyber Leader and the 2023 Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses winner (right), and Governor Mark Gordon (left) at the October 18 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Proclamation Signing.

About the Competition

The 2023 Competition was made possible by our members and sponsors: Campbell County Health, Capitol Communications, Casper College, Cheyenne State Bank, CPU IT, DigeTekS, EvnTec, Factory IT, First Federal Bank & Trust, Gannett Peak Technical Services, Gula Tech Foundation, HUB International, IECA, K2 Technologies, PDS, Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity, Sweetwater Technology Services, TEAM, Wyoming Manufacturing Works

For more information about the 2023 Wyoming Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses visit https://www.cyberwyoming.org/competition.

The competition was developed by CyberWyoming in 2018 to encourage Wyoming small businesses to meet best practices in cybersecurity through a home-grown program called Made Safe in Wyoming™.  The competition has gained national and international attention being the only of its kind and in February of 2022, winning a Gula Tech Foundation Award to expand its program in 2023.

About CyberWyoming: Founded in 2017, CyberWyoming, a 501(c)6 nonprofit, promotes the cybersecurity welfare and prosperity of the Wyoming business community including hands-on, high-touch education of small business stakeholders and technical registered apprenticeship.

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