Governors put cybersecurity, broadband on front burner

Improving cybersecurity and broadband within rural communities are among the policy priorities of the nation’s governors.

At the Jan. 25 winter meeting of the National Governors Association, Govs. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) and Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) stated that cybersecurity gives states a chance to work closely with the federal government and across party lines.

“In order to be successful at thwarting threats, the federal government must view states as primary sources of intelligence, as well as priority recipients of intelligence from the federal government,” said Sandoval, who is NGA vice chair. “States should be seen as full-fledged partners in gathering, analyzing and disseminating intelligence in the fight against cyber terrorism.”

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