ISU Business Intelligence and Technology Solutions Director Matthew Helm has been appointed to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Internet Privacy Task Force, the first of its kind in the nation.
The 12-member task force will look at what the state can do to prepare and protect Illinois’ industry and infrastructure from cyber attacks.
“We’ll be working on how we can protect critical systems like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Board of Trade from security threats and, if an attack does happen, how we can quickly recover that infrastructure,” Helm said.
The team will tackle how the state can attract cyber security firms, ensure the privacy of citizens who visit state government websites, and help local businesses guard against cyber espionage.
Helm hopes that cyber security principles can be integrated into curricula across the Illinois State campus, and that a current national public awareness campaign to educate children about how to stay safe online can be included in teacher education programs.