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Washington joins compact to support cybersecurity efforts

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state joined a multi-state compact led by the National Governors Association to support cybersecurity efforts Friday.

The compact commits to building a state cybersecurity governance structure, preparing and defending each state against cybersecurity threats and growing the nation's cybersecurity workforce.

"Increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks call for increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity, and we’ve been on the leading edge of this effort for years,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “We have a dedicated cybersecurity office that defends against hundreds of attacks a year, we’ve engaged with our military department and utility companies to protect our infrastructure, and we’re cultivating some of the smartest cybersecurity minds in the world at our colleges and universities. We’re eager to share our expertise with other states and learn about other strategies to further strengthen our defenses.”