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North Carolina Sets Up CyberDefense Unit

The state of North Carolina has started a new unit that will focus on protecting the government and the private sector from cyberattacks.

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology said in a statement released last week that unit would work with other government agencies to combat attacks, promote awareness and help agencies share information on potential threats.

The until will be headed by Thomas McGrath, a former FBI agent.

“The state continues to face a growing threat from cyberattacks,” said N.C. Department of Information Technology Secretary Eric Boyette. “This effort will help us to better guard against cyber threats and to increase information sharing of threat vectors and cyber actor actions across multiple state entities and boundaries. It will also increase the speed of information sharing and help place needed focus on local government and citizen outreach. With the increased coordination and sharing of information will come an increase in the speed with which we can detect, identify and recover from cyber incidents.”

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