- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has created a commission to help the state improve its cybersecurity practices and attract cybersecurity jobs to Rhode Island.

Raimondo signed an executive order Thursday establishing Rhode Island’s first Cybersecurity Commission.

The commission is charged with assessing cybersecurity infrastructure and activities within all executive branch agencies by Oct. 1 and recommending ways to improve the safeguards.

A second report is due by Dec. 1 on how to grow the cybersecurity sector and workforce.

Raimondo says the state must be innovative and develop a clear strategy to prepare the public and private sector for current technological challenges.

Commission members will include representatives from state agencies, research institutions and private sector industries.

Utilidata Chairman and CEO Scott DePasquale has been named the commission’s chairman.

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