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Kansas Cybersecurity Task Force

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.

 

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Meetings

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Publications

  • Interim Report (published in October 2021)
  • Final Report will be available in December 2021

Task Force Members

CO-CHAIRS

  • Mike Mayta | Wichita | Chief Information Officer, City of Wichita
  • Jeff Maxon | Topeka | Chief Information Security Officer, State of Kansas

MEMBERS

  • DeAngela Burns-Wallace | Topeka | Chief Information Technology Officer, State of Kansas
  • Col. David Hewlett | Wichita | Designee of the Adjutant General of the Kansas National Guard
  • Jay Emler | Lindsborg | Designee of the Attorney General
  • Kevin Comstock | Topeka | Designee of the Secretary of State
  • Jonathan York | Topeka | Response and Recovery Branch Director, Kansas Division of Emergency
  • David Marshall | Topeka | Director, Kansas Criminal Justice Information Systems (KCJIS) Committee
  • John Godfrey | Shawnee | Chief Information Security Officer, University of Kansas Medical Center,
  • Charles King | Overland Park | Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Evergy, Representative from Critical Infrastructure
  • John Berghuis | Salina | VP and Chief Information Officer, Salina Regional Health Center, Representative from Critical Infrastructure
  • Representative Kyle Hoffman | Coldwater | Representative from Joint Committee on Information Technology
  • Senator Jeff Pittman | Leavenworth | Representative from Joint Committee on Information Technology
  • William “Bill” Glynn | Topeka | Director, Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center

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