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Mayor Battle Proclaims Cyber Security Awareness Month at Cyber Resiliency Summit


City of Huntsville (HUNTSVILLE, AL) - The most serious economic and national security challenges are cyber threats, according to Mayor Tommy Battle. Proclaiming October as "Cyber Security Awareness Month," Mayor Battle believes Huntsville's reliance on the security of banking, power grids, heath care, transportation, and defense are at risk from electronic strikes in future computer-based conflict.

"The April 27th tornadoes taught us that we are much more vulnerable than we thought," said Mayor Battle. "When the power grid went down, it was the perfect simulation of a cyber strike. We were without access to communications, finances, gas, and power. Exactly the same losses that would occur in a cyber attack."

Mayor Battle recognizes that Huntsville is uniquely positioned to attract cyber terrorism with its concentration of defense and high tech industries. He created the Cyber Huntsville initiative to develop synergies between government, industry, and academia to bring the best of the Tennessee Valley's capabilities to help the nation with its cyber challenges and protect the national treasure we call Huntsville.

The Cyber Security Awareness Month proclamation was announced at Thursday's Cyber Resiliency Summit at UAHuntsville. More than 70 participants are preparing for a cyber table top exercise on Nov. 2, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security to improve regional cyber resiliency and collective response resulting from a large-scale cyber disruption.

Participants in the Cyber initiative say they are impressed with the knowledge and appreciation Mayor Battle has shown in the area of cyber security.

"Though I've worked with Department of Defense leaders over the years who have understood the need to protect the nation's soft cyber underbelly, it's a true privilege to have a Mayor with this level of understanding," said Jay R. Kurowsky, President & CEO, Aleta Technologies, Inc. "Due to our reliance on computers and computer networks and the associated weakness, our future depends on our leaders leading cyber security reform."

Mayor Battle is calling on citizens to consider the role they play in maintaining the security of our electronic society, and is challenging all Cyber Huntsville volunteers in their continued progress in increasing Huntsville's role in the nation's cyber solution set.

More than 200 volunteers are participating in the Cyber Huntsville initiative.

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