The U.S. government and organizations in the private sector have suffered devastating cyber breaches in recent years, including the massive Office of Personnel Management computer breach revealed in 2015 in which over 20 million Americans had their personal data stolen.
McAuliffe has been outspoken about cyber threats and the need for states to work together and with the private sector to bolster their cyber defenses.
McAuliffe on Saturday underscored the need for more cybersecurity workers, noting that there are currently 36,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in his home state.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) hosted a session at the National Governors Association winter meeting to discuss the “serious cybersecurity issues” facing the nation and how states need to improve their defenses against cyber threats. “Cybersecurity is critical to each and every governor,” said McAuliffe, who noted that Virginia was targeted by 86 million cyberattacks last year. “We have a wealth of information that every single day people are trying to get in and get our information through cyber threats and cyber criminals.”