Governor John Bel Edwards advances the landscape of cyber security in Louisiana.
He made an announcement Thursday at Parkway High School which will impact generations to come.
Governor Edwards spoke about the success that’s already in Bossier at the Cyber Innovation Center. He also announced a new commission that will propel the state further into the cyber field by signing an executive order creating the Louisiana Cyber Security Commission. 15 appointed commissioners will develop state strategies.
“Governors from all over the place, Governors from those Ivy League school states, the West Coast, the Midwest, they are always surprised about how much we have going on in cyber security in Louisiana and really most of what we have going on in cyber security is going on here in north Louisiana,” Governor Edwards said.
The commission will work with the Louisiana National Guard’s Cyber Protection Team.
“The cyber threat in this country is immense and it’s growing larger everyday. It is the new space of warfare we find ourselves in. For guys like me, I told someone earlier, if I can see them, I can kill them. The problem is in the cyber warfare domain, you can’t see them most of the time. They can diminish you and take you down without you even knowing it,” said Major General Glenn Curtis, Louisiana National Guard.
They want to give the next generation, the tools for this new kind of combat.
“If you become what we call “cyber-warriors” you become technically proficient in the cyber field, the job opportunities are unbelievable for you out in the private field,” Curtis said.
“I want you to think bigger than a job. These are careers that we’re talking about because the cyber threat isn’t going to be here just for the next couple of years then go away. It’s going to grow every year,” Edwards said.
Besides developing education strategies, the commission will also focus on protecting state data and breaches in network infrastructure. So there’s a big industry being developed that will need new employees.