12 Jul 2011

Rhode Island appoints cybersecurity team

Democratic Representative Jim Langevin, co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, was in his home state of Rhode Island on July 11 to announce the formation of the Rhode Island Cyber Disruption Team.

Langevin said Rhode Island is providing an example to the nation by forming this squad to guard against computer security threats to essential services like banking and utilities. The RICDT is tasked with defending the state's network infrastructure, responding to exploits and recovering from attacks. It plans to accomplish this by working with multiple entities in government, the military and the private sector. The team is comprised of eight members, including state police officers, information technology experts and emergency management officials.

The congressman also noted computer security is a field generating many jobs. In an article about the RICDT, Bloomberg Businessweek cites a CIA assertion that 20,000 to 30,000 world-class cybersecurity experts will be needed in the coming years. 

After Republican leadership in the United States House of Representatives recently named a 12-member cybersecurity task force, Langevin objected to its all-GOP membership and wrote a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner asking to join to team.