Created by Governor Laura Kelly in July 2021, the bipartisan Kansas Cybersecurity Task Force is charged with developing a comprehensive plan to address potential cybercrime, and protect essential services that Kansans and businesses depend on.
The Task Force’s specific duties are as follows:
- Facilitate cross-industry and cross-government collaboration to share best practices and mitigate cybersecurity risks related to critical infrastructure and protected systems;
- Identify opportunities to improve the overall cyber security posture across all levels of government within Kansas;
- Identify partnerships and avenues to maximize and leverage existing cybersecurity resources within the state;
- Develop a framework for coordinated information sharing, response, simulation, testing, and mutual assistance between the government and private sectors;
- Develop a coordinated and collaborative State of Kansas Cyber Response Plan;
- Recommend appropriate and cost-effective safeguards to reduce, eliminate, or recover from identified threats to data;
- Recommend resources and possible methods to accomplish the recommendations identified above.
A comprehensive report and recommendations are due to the Governor by December 5, 2021.