Montana chosen as one of four states for cybersecurity academy


    Gov. Greg Gianforte

    Montana is one of four states chosen to participate in the National Governors Association’s 2021 Policy Academy to Advance Whole-of-State Cybersecurity, the Governor’s Office announced Monday.

    Montana will work with the association on “developing and implementing cybersecurity workforce development plans,” according to the Governor’s Office.

    “As one of four states selected for this critical project, we’re focused on building a talented cybersecurity workforce as well as ensuring Montanans’ personal information and data are safe, secure, and protected,” Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte said in the announcement. “I look forward to partnering with the NGA Policy Academy and other states to enhance our cybersecurity workforce.”

    Kansas, Missouri and Washington were the other states chosen, according to the association’s website. The announcement is the latest in a series of efforts by the association since 2016 to help states “develop, refine and share best practices in cybersecurity governance, workforce development, critical infrastructure security and local engagement and partnership,” read a press release from the association.

    Director of Administration Misty Ann Giles echoed Gianforte’s excitement. “We are pleased to be one of four states selected to participate in the Academy on Cybersecurity Policy. The opportunity to collaborate with other states to implement best practices and enhancements to advance our cybersecurity workforce will pay dividends by creating a job pipeline while assuring Montanans their data is protected,” she said in the announcement.

    The academy is expected to conclude in January 2022.