Governor: Tom Wolf [D]
Head of State-Level Cybersecurity (CISO/PA): Erik Avakian
Pennsylvania is one of the only US-States that I can see that has a "Cyber Threat Level" with five levels.
On November 21, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court set a precedent by being one of the first States in the US to hold an employer accountable for protecting their employees’ data from cyberattack. This legislation toughens up security resilence and this law, Dittman v. UPMC, also confirms that negligence is also a criminal act. Passing legislation like this ensured that Pennsylvania has a constant demand for talent and skilled Cybersecurity Professionals.
Pennsylvania ranks second worst in cyber attacks as per an FBI data study and this one here. The data I've seen shows that Pennsylvania, in 2019, saw an increase in 25 percent relating to cyber attacks for the preceeding two years.
There are some excellent cyber events in Pennsylvania that we list in our resource with the most taking place (in order), in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Fort Washington, Harrisburg and finally in Lancaster.
All "major" cybersecurity conferenes (virtual or "in-person") in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be automatically placed within this resource.