Located in the south-central region of the United States, the State of Kentucky fosters a highly active cybersecurity landscape. Since the 1990s, the State has made significant progress in raising public awareness about the importance of thwarting cybercrime and is a national leader in providing proactive education for increasing cybersecurity practices.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is home to multiple cybersecurity-focused academic institutions and organizations as well as emerging tech centers. These include the IEEE Kentucky Section which brings together cybersecurity researchers from General Electric (GE) to share in cutting-edge research and developments related to cyber intelligence and software security. Additionally, the Commonwealth is the headquarters of the Kentucky Cybersecurity Incubator (KCI), which is designed to facilitate cybersecurity innovation in Kentucky.
Kentucky hosts multiple large-scale conferences and events for cybersecurity and IT security professionals.
These include the IEEE International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS 2020), the Cybersecurity Summit of the Bluegrass Region, CyberKentucky, and Cybersecurity Conferences in Kentucky. These events are hosted by a wide range of leading cybersecurity organizations, universities, and research centers throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Notably, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is uniquely suited to the task of protecting the Commonwealth from cyber threats.
The agency is responsible for protecting against many of the current and emerging cyber threats facing the state, and with its strong collaboration with the cyber security community, has been active in promoting public and private forums for the exchange of views, ideas, and insights on cyber security.