Youngkin issues executive order on AI

Governor Youngkin issued an Executive Order 30 on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which implements AI Education Guidelines for the classroom protecting the individual data of all Virginians.

The Commonwealth contains the largest number of cybersecurity companies and personnel on the East Coast.

Virginia colleges and universities lead the nation in technology research and development, and critical national security and military intelligence, undeniably exposing Virginia to unique AI effects.

The Governor’s Executive Order mixes strong protections for Virginia residents and businesses while recognizing opportunities presented by AI.

As one of the first states in the country to issue AI standards, Virginia is leading the way on guidelines and pilots.

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Cybersecurity company invests in Loudoun County headquarters, creating new jobs

Fortreum LLC, a Virginia-founded cloud computing and cybersecurity advisory company, will invest $125,000 to establish a headquarters in Loudoun County according to an announcement from the Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin.

53 new jobs will be created by the project which is supported through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

The program provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in the state to support recruitment and training.

Fortreum CEO James Leach said “Loudoun County was our first choice because of the strong technology ecosystem and a diverse cybersecurity workforce within the Northern Virginia Technology Hub, as well as the collaborative relationship we’ve enjoyed with the state county and respective universities.”

To view the full press release, click here.

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REC announces new cybersecurity and IT leadership

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the promotion of Brett Elliot to Managing Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity.

In this new role, he will provide leadership, oversight and coordination on all IT infrastructure, data, analytics, and cybersecurity.

He will also select and implement technology to improve member-owners’ experiences and oversees services provided by BrilliT.

Elliot has an extensive background in the IT field including his former role as REC’s IT Infrastructure and Networking Director.

He also received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University as well as his MBA from Winthrop University.

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Youngkin bans TikTok and more on state devices

Governor Glenn Youngkin issued Executive Order #24 on Friday which banned the use of certain Chinese owned mobile phone applications and websites in state government technology.

This order most notable bans the use of TikTok, WeChat, and any other applications developed by ByteDance Limited or Tencent Holdings limited on state government devices and WiFi networks.

Businesses contracting with the state are also prohibited from using those applications within the state’s IT infrastructure.

Among privacy and cybersecurity concerns, Attorney General Jason Miyares mentioned the ongoing investigation regarding TikTok’s effect on the mental health of our youth.

Senator Mark Warner also released a statement supporting the Governor’s decision.

To read Executive Order #24 in full, click here.

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SU breaks ground on The HIVE

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On Veterans Day, roughly 200 people celebrated the groundbreaking for Shenandoah University’s new Hub for Innovators, Veterans, and Entrepreneurs which will be known as The HIVE.

The former National Guard armory will feature innovative technologies such as 3D printers and laser cutters while also providing a workspace for students and community members to explore these and other revolutionary advancements.

The building will also expand services through the Veterans, Military and Families Center to provide support and resources in high demand fields like cybersecurity and data analytics.

Laurel Ridge, local public schools, and other organizations will partner with The HIVE to help expand their services throughout the community.

The 3rd phase will be finished by August of 2024 with the completion of the fourth and final phase contingent on funding.

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LFCC’s Cybersecurity Program receives accreditation

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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Cybersecurity program has been recognized by  Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology.

The accreditation will remain in effect through 2026.

The cybersecurity program at LFCC is one of the first in the world and the only Community College Program to receive accreditation.

Accreditation means the program meets rigorous industry standards and produces graduates prepared to enter critical technical fields.

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