The state of Nevada lacks adequate cybersecurity coordination and leadership, according to members of the Nevada Homeland Security Commission. Nevada needs to either appoint someone to head up combating cyber crime or the commission needs to form a subcommittee to help prepare for and prevent cyber attacks, commission vice-chairman and former Clark County sheriff Jerry Keller said.
“I’m amazed we already don’t have a handle on this,” Keller said. “I’m absolutely amazed that nine years after 9-11, that we sit in the state of Nevada in a commission that has no authority to effect action except direct grant funds, and we can’t say who’s it; who is the person in Nevada for cyber crimes.”
The commission has opted to develop a subcommittee to examine the cyber crime problem as it relates to Nevada. The 14-member committee meets once a quarter to discuss homeland security issues.
“But we’re absolutely sitting still in the water in this state with making progress on several of these homeland security issues,” Keller said. “And it is very frustrating that we don’t have a person responsible for this; that this hasn’t already been done.”