Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, vice president for research, innovation and economic development, is among the members of Louisiana’s newly formed Cybersecurity Commission, Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced.
The commission was created to improve the state’s cybersecurity and strengthen Louisiana’s efforts in cyber business, education and research.
“I have established the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission because we must continue our commitment to establishing cybersecurity capabilities and resources in order to adequately maintain the stability of public services while ensuring proper privacy and protection for the data that is entrusted to the State of Louisiana by our citizens,” Edwards stated.
The group will work towards developing and recommending policies around cybersecurity risk and awareness, while also working towards identifying current assets — and their vulnerabilities — that are available in the state and that could aid in the fight against the threats.
“(Our University has) a lot that we are trying to do in this area, including a new research center on cybersecurity,” said Kolluru, who is one of the commission’s 15 members. “I want people to recognize that that expertise exists on our campus, across the board.”