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Protecting critical infrastructure for the State of Washington

In July, Bridge Partners welcomed cybersecurity and policy expert, Gordon Matlock, to our growing team. As Cyber Practice Lead, Gordon is charged with expanding Bridge’s cybersecurity and risk practice and developing relationships with firms looking to solidify their cybersecurity strategy and protect against security threats. Before joining Bridge, Gordon had a successful career as an advisor on intelligence, national security and the military. Recently, as a member of the Energy Sector Working Group, Gordon coauthored the Cybersecurity Guide for Critical Infrastructure for the State of Washington. Gordon will be presenting a “Cybersecurity and Your Utility” talk at the National Utility Training & Safety Education Association conference September 21-22 in Boise, Idaho.

As someone who is passionate about his home, I know that Washington is one of best places in the world to live, work, and play. As someone who is passionate about cybersecurity, I know that the safety and economic security of our beautiful state depend largely on the reliability of our critical infrastructure and the services they provide. With hacktivists, criminals, and nation-states now cooperating by sharing codes and tactics to attack, undermine, and exploit critical infrastructure around the world, it is imperative that Washington State critical infrastructure entities, of all shapes and sizes, do everything they can to detect, protect against, and mitigate cyber threats.  

Unfortunately, many of the critical infrastructure companies and providers from around the state simply do not have the resources to address this cyber threat head-on. In fact, many of these small to mid-size enterprises don’t know where to begin or how to prioritize their cyber spending.  They struggle to identify tools, information-sharing groups, and resources that are available to them from the state and federal government.

Knowing the importance of protecting the state’s critical infrastructure, I joined a self-organized group of cyber and policy experts. Our group recently produced the Cybersecurity Guide for Critical Infrastructure for the State of Washington with the goal of empowering these small to mid-size entities. By providing guidelines, best practices, tools, and resources for the critical infrastructure sector, we believe that we can help make our state more secure. 

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Click here to read the press release from Snohomish County PUD.

Many thanks to the cyber thought leaders and co-authors of this guide from the National Guard, the Emergency Management Division, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Snohomish County Public Utility District, the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission, and the State of Washington Office of the CIO.

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