As we all spend more and more of our time online, it’s become clear that cybersecurity is no longer just a ‘tech’ issue – it’s at the heart of our daily lives. Whether it’s fuel pipelines, local hospitals or even our schools, the systems we rely on face constant threats of attacks — some of which have the potential to seriously disrupt our economy and our way of life.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so I wanted to take a moment to talk about ways you can keep you and your family safe and secure online.
Here are some helpful tips:
Click here for more tips from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on how to keep your online information and accounts safe – with a particular focus on protecting against the ransomware attacks that have become increasingly common in recent months. I teamed up with CISA and broke out my acting skills to show you how to protect yourself from phishing attacks.
In Congress, I am committed to working on legislation that will strengthen our nation’s cyber defenses to protect our national security, economy, and infrastructure.
After the major attack on the Colonial Pipeline earlier this year, I introduced the CISA Cyber Exercise Act, a bipartisan bill that would help American businesses and governments test their critical infrastructure against the threat of cyber attacks, and would write into law the National Cyber Exercise Program, which tests the United States’ response plan for major cyber incidents.
I constantly hear from parents and teachers who are worried about protecting our students and schools from cyber threats. The K-12 Cybersecurity Act, which I helped introduce in the House, was signed into law by President Biden earlier this month. This bill will help schools get the tools they need to protect our children and teachers from cyber attacks.
And lastly, the House Committee on Homeland Security approved my amendment to invest $60 million in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to help the federal government hunt down foreign cyber attackers.
As cyber attacks become more and more common, it’s important we do everything we can to protect our information and ourselves online. Stay vigilant!
-Rep. Elissa Slotkin
|Plus, surf the web securely with the new Michigan Secure app.|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 27, 2021
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Virtual award ceremony announced for 163 MI HEARTSafe Schools during the 2020-2021 school year
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Education (MDE), American Heart Association, Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) will virtually celebrate 163 schools receiving the MI HEARTSafe School designation for the 2020-2021 school year on Oct. 28. Since the program began in 2013, 649 schools have earned this honor.
With schools returning to in-person instruction, preparation for cardiac emergencies has never been more important. This year, 163 schools are being recognized for efforts to keep up with preparedness activities during the 2020-2021 school year. There are 54 schools receiving the award for the first time.
To receive a MI HEARTSafe School designation, schools must have:
“Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 250 Michigan children and young adults every year,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Having schools prepared for cardiac emergencies can help decrease the number of these tragedies and prepare school employees to have the training necessary to respond in a timely manner and avert what could be a life-threatening situation.”
Keeping up with the MI HEARTSafe School criteria is vital for maintaining a safe environment for schools. Resources to help meet the criteria are available on the MI HEARTSafe School website. MAP-SCDY will also be hosting a virtual workshop in January to educate schools on how to become a MI HEARTSafe School.
“We are proud to support Michigan’s HEARTSafe schools,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Ensuring schools are prepared for sudden cardiac emergencies through planning, training and life-saving AEDs is an important part of having safer learning environments for students, staff and the community.”
This is MI HEARTSafe Schools program’s eighth year. A HEARTSafe designation lasts for three years, and 45 schools received their third MI HEARTSafe award this year. It is encouraging and commendable to have schools continue to renew the designation every three years. A total of 477 schools are designated as MI HEARTSafe Schools.
A list of participating schools is available online.
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October 27, 2021
Governor Whitmer Declares October 25 to October 31 as Rivalry Week
LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer, two-time alumna of Michigan State University, declared October 25 to October 31 as Rivalry Week in honor of Saturday’s game between the undefeated Michigan State University Spartans and the undefeated University of Michigan Wolverines.
“Watching the Spartans and Wolverines battle for the Paul Bunyan trophy is one of our state’s greatest traditions,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Whether you dress in green and white or root for the maize and blue, we can all agree that this has been an exciting year for football. Unfortunately, University of Michigan’s undefeated streak will come to an end this Saturday in The Woodshed. I can’t wait to cheer on the Spartans! Tuck Comin’. Go green!”
“I am excited to watch the Wolverines continue their undefeated march towards the Big Ten Championship and beyond this Saturday,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “Just like every year, this game is a great way for Michiganders to come together to acknowledge that the University of Michigan has the superior football program. It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine! Go Blue!”
Saturday’s noon football game marks the 114th meeting between the Michigan State University Spartans and the University of Michigan Wolverines. Although Michigan leads the head-to-head series overall 71-37-5, Michigan State has won nine of the last 13 match-ups.
Governor Whitmer is the proud mom of two Wolverines, but she always wears her true colors on gameday.
View the proclamation here.
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October 26, 2021
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Gov. Whitmer Approves Funding for Oakland and Macomb Counties to Assist with Storm Recovery Efforts
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today approved $1.2 million in assistance for communities in Oakland and Macomb counties following severe thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes in July. The funds were made available through the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund, which is used when communities demonstrate an exhaustion of local resources during a disaster or emergency.
“We are grateful to all first responders and local agencies throughout Oakland and Macomb counties who have worked tirelessly to keep people safe following multiple severe storms this summer,” said Governor Whitmer
The governor has approved these awards for White Lake Township, the Village of Armada, Armada Township, Farmington, Southfield, and Farmington Hills.
Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund awards can be applied toward the immediate prevention, response and recovery of a disaster or emergency, as well as cover overtime for public employees, contracts used during the response, shelter supplies, gasoline used during the response and repair of public buildings and infrastructure.
“Our communities were hard hit this summer with intense storms, punishing winds and repeated power outages, so we’re particularly grateful that the Governor was so diligent in getting the federal emergency funding needed to help out White Lake, Farmington and Farmington Hills and Southfield,” said Oakland County Executive David Coulter. “The support will allow these communities and its residents to recover from the devastating impact of these storms without breaking their budgets.”
“The emergency resources coming in from our state and federal partners is a testament to the community response we saw in Armada,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “From first responders to neighbor champions, the community continues to showcase its resilient spirit.”
On July 7, an intense line of thunderstorms with high winds struck the southwest area of Oakland County and traveled through southern Macomb County, leading to flooding, power outages, blocked roads, and damage to public and private property and infrastructure. On July 24, a tornado touched down in Armada Township, impacting both the township and Armada Village. On July 25, a severe thunderstorm and tornado caused widespread damage in White Lake Township. Gov. Whitmer declared a state of emergency for the cities of Farmington, Farmington hills and Southfield on August 2, and for White Lake, Armada Township, and the Village of Armada on August 5.