Under Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan utilizes two key programs to protect the state’s critical infrastructure.
Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps
Since its creation in 2013, the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps (MiC3) has grown to over 100 members with approximately 20 new members in the pipeline. This all-volunteer force of highly qualified technical experts provides cyber incident response assistance to municipal, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Michigan. The importance of the program was reinforced by the passage of supporting legislation, the Cyber Civilian Corps Act of 2017, which clarified the program’s authorities and provided liability protections to volunteers. The MiC3 deployed several times in 2019, helping municipal and critical infrastructure entities respond and recover from cyber attacks and ensure the continued delivery of essential services to Michigan residents.
Michigan Cyber Command Center
The Michigan State Police (MSP) Cyber Section conducts criminal investigations, provides evidential forensic data recovery services, promotes public awareness regarding cyber issues, and provides law enforcement education opportunities with seven office locations throughout Michigan. The MSP Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) consists of highly specialized law enforcement personnel that investigate complex network intrusions and provide services in the area of evidential forensic recovery, cyberterrorism investigations, malware detection analysis and origination determination, intelligence gathering, information sharing, prosecution, and crime prevention. The MC3 partners include industry leaders in public utilities, health care, education, finance, and others. The MC3 assists Michigan governments and businesses by providing critical information for information technology services to be successful with cybersecurity prevention, attribution, and remediation.
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