Cybersecurity expert Darryl Togashi has been named to Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity. Togashi is the department chair for Cybersecurity/Information Assurance, Information Technology Support, Network Infrastructure and Server Administration programs at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus.
Togashi has joined government (local, state and federal), private-sector, military, research and academic stakeholders to collaboratively move Indiana’s cybersecurity to the next level. The council is led by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Office of Technology, Indiana State Police and the Indiana National Guard.
The cross-sector body of subject-matter experts will form an understanding of Indiana’s cyber risk profile, identify priorities, establish a strategic framework of Indiana’s cybersecurity initiatives and leverage the body of talent to stay on the forefront of the cyber risk environment, according to the Indiana Cybersecurity website at Indiana.gov.
“Basically, the council will be sending recommendations to the governor regarding the state’s cyber defense priorities and to see where the political realm can help to remove or mitigate these threats,” Togashi says.
With 28 council members and more than 50 advisory members, the council will deliver a comprehensive strategy plan to Holcomb by September 2018.
The launch of his council follows Holcomb’s signing of the National Governors Association’s “A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity” in July 2017. The 38 governors who signed the compact agreed to protect personal and government data stored on state systems as well as develop statewide plans to combat cyberattacks against information technology networks. The governors’ agreement included a pledge to build a cybersecurity governance, prepare and defend the state from cybersecurity events and increase the nation’s cybersecurity workforce.
“My service on the council will be impactful beyond helping the state’s immediate needs,” Togashi says. “My experience will allow me to teach my students the latest practices in cybersecurity as they’re being discussed and planned.”
In addition to serving as a department chair at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus, Togashi is the College’s statewide point of contact for its Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense designation among two-year colleges, a distinction awarded by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2017 through 2022. Togashi is also the state director for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.