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State cybersecurity initiative to help Ohio businesses

In the wake of Yahoo's catastrophic data breach, business owners across the country are evaluating the strength of their own digital protections. Ohio business owners will soon have some additional help from the state, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced this week.

The CyberOhio initiative launched this week is intended to businesses protect their data and create a "cybersecurity environment to help Ohio businesses thrive," according to a press release from the Attorney General's Office. Here's what CyberOhio plans to do:

  • Expand the office's Identity Theft Unit, which helps businesses dealing with data privacy issues
  • Look into legislation that could improve cybersecurity for Ohio businesses and citizens
  • Offer cybersecurity training opportunities for small businesses
  • Create internships between businesses and Ohio universities that could help develop the cybersecurity workforce
  • Create a Cybersecurity Advisory Board that to advise the Attorney General's Office on cybersecurity initiatives.

The new advisory board was scheduled to meet immediately after the news conference where Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the initiative.

"When Ohio's businesses are victimized by hackers, they can suffer millions of dollars in damage and place Ohio consumers at risk," DeWine said in a press release. "I believe by helping protect Ohio's businesses, we also help protect the privacy and security of Ohio's consumers."

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