Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order establishing a Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission to advance the State’s cyber ecosystem and position Louisiana as a national leader and preferred location for cyber business, education and research. Gov. Edwards signed the order at Parkway High School in Bossier Parish. Parkway is an “A” rated school and has had national finalist teams in the CyberPatriot National Finals held in Maryland.

“I have established the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission because we must continue our commitment to establishing cybersecurity capabilities and resources in order to adequately maintain the stability of public services while ensuring proper privacy and protection for the data that is entrusted to the State of Louisiana by our citizens,” said Gov. Edwards.

The governor will appoint up to 15 commissioners who are tasked with developing various reports to the Governor’s Office and the Louisiana Legislature, including the mechanisms necessary for producing a cyber incident recap report. Cyber-attacks aimed at breaching and damaging computers, networks and infrastructure in Louisiana represent a major security risk and increase the state's vulnerability to economic disruption, critical infrastructure damage, privacy violations and identify theft.

“We applaud and support the Governor’s Office for forming a Commission that will help facilitate economic development, not only along the I-20 Innovation Corridor where we are most heavily invested, but also throughout the region,” said Louisiana Tech president Les Guice, one of the entities represented on the new commission. “The Commission, another example of the power of partnership, will be a giant aid, both in growing Louisiana’s cybersecurity workforce and in educating all of our residents about cybersecurity.”

The goals of the Commission include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identify, prioritize, and mitigate Louisiana’s cyber risk;
  • Promote cybersecurity awareness and recommend best practices for the security of all of Louisiana’s cyber ecosystem;
  • Promote actions, including legislative, administrative, and regulatory, where appropriate, to enhance cybersecurity in Louisiana;
  • Grow Louisiana’s cybersecurity workforce and educate the public/private sectors about cybersecurity;
  • Enhance Louisiana cyber emergency preparedness and response capabilities;
  • Monitor, understand, and share cyber threat information;
  • Build comprehensive digital forensics and cyber investigative capability;
  • Identify, prioritize, acquire, and establish funding mechanisms to enhance Louisiana’s cybersecurity efforts; and
  • Facilitate economic development by promoting a cyber-safe Louisiana for businesses and consumers.

Click here to read the governor’s executive order in full.