Governor Snyder backs new cybersecurity education program

Posted at 6:15 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 18:15:27-04

Governor Rick Snyder was in Detroit Monday for the North American International Cyber Summit at Cobo Center.

He's backing the new cybersecurity education program for universities in Michigan. The plan is to train and certify thousands of students to fill cybersecurity jobs.

The program comes as hackers have targeted election systems in more than 20 states, forcing officials to audit paper ballots. The Governor hopes the initiative will keep Michigan ahead of any potential threats that could come this way.

"Technology is one of the wonderful things we have in our lives. It's making the world better in many ways, and we have to be more responsible about understanding the threats and challenges," Governor Snyder said. "Michigan's a leader in it, but we want to learn more and do better."

Central Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, and Wayne State University are the first schools to take part in the initiative. Governor Snyder says Michigan has already helped 22 other states in boosting their cybersecurity.