Education and Workforce Development:

Through the involvement of various job & educational institutions, and working with our public and private partners, improve the training and education of users and students in cybersecurity by:

  • Identifying critically needed skills and developing training and educational paths to provide the needed skilled workers in the cyber security field.
  • Encourage interested students and individuals to become involved in and further develop their cybersecurity skills in order to join and contribute to the future cybersecurity workforce through cyber challenges, internships, and educational opportunities/scholarships.
  • Train users at all levels in good cyber hygiene and best cyber security practices

Cyber Range:

Provide a secure cybersecurity test and training environment, known as a cyber range, to:

  • Facilitate the evaluation and testing of innovative technologies and processes
  • Research and test industry-standard best practices
  • Conduct cybersecurity exercises and competitions to hone cross organizational incident response capabilities and develop future cybersecurity professionals
  • Enable a training environment for the current and future cybersecurity workforce, including National Guard personnel, state and local government personnel, faculty and students in the education community, and private sector entities.

Cyber Response Teams:

Establish volunteer cyber incident response teams capable of providing assistance to eligible small public and private sector organizations in incident containment, eradication, and recovery.

Identify and Share Best Practices, Policies and Technologies:

Provide for for all Ohioans by:

  • Providing a collaborative research and development environment for the development and testing of innovative technologies and processes.
  • Ensuring cyber threats are part of emergency planning at all levels both public and private.
  • Using public awareness tools to educate and inform key decision makers of good cybersecurity practices and the latest information.
  • Educating the general public on the importance of cybersecurity for the “Internet of Things”.
  • Share threat intelligence between both public and private sector entities, facilitated through the Ohio Homeland Security State Fusion Center.