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DeWine Recognized for Efforts to Advance Cybersecurity

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine this week was named a Symantec Cyber Award winner for his leadership in protecting critical data and systems.

“I am honored that our office and our CyberOhio initiative has been recognized for our innovative efforts to encourage data protection and fight back against cyber threats,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Working together to create a secure cyber environment benefits not just Ohio’s businesses, but it helps keep Ohioans' personal data safe.”

Attorney General DeWine created the CyberOhio initiative in 2016 to help Ohio’s businesses fight back against cyber-attacks. Led by an advisory board of cyber professionals, the goals of CyberOhio are simple, to provide the best legal, technical, and collaborative cybersecurity environment possible to help Ohio’s businesses thrive and keep Ohioans’ data and personal information more secure.

Based on the advisory board’s recommendations, Attorney General DeWine lead the effort to encourage the enactment of the Data Protection Act by the Ohio General Assembly. The measure encourages Ohio businesses to voluntarily adopt strong cybersecurity controls that protect consumer data by offering businesses an affirmative defense in the case of a lawsuit. It was signed into law in August 2018.

The Symantec Cyber Awards are given to members of the public and private sectors during for their leadership in advancing cyber security initiatives. To learn more about the awards visit symantecgovsymposium.com/cyber-awards/.