Leading the Nation in Cybersecurity Defense
Secretary of State Frank LaRose participated in a panel discussion hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center to train state and local officials on cybersecurity defenses and best practices. Ohio is widely recognized as a national leader in its cybersecurity efforts, especially as they relate to protecting our election systems from cyber attacks. The Secretary detailed a number of initiatives launched in Ohio to bolster security, including moving all county board of election websites to the more secure government .gov domains and standing up a first-in-the-nation vulnerability disclosure program, whereby the state utilizes “ethical hackers” to provide feedback on possible system weaknesses so security professionals can immediately address them.
A Win for Fair Redistricting
In February, Secretary LaRose asked Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost to explore legal options to compel the U.S. Census Bureau to provide the data Ohio needs to redraw the state’s congressional and state legislative district maps as required by the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by Ohio voters. Federal law requires census data be provided to states by March 31, but an announcement by the Census Bureau delaying the data until September 30 threatened Ohio’s ability to perform its constitutionally required duty. This week a settlement was reached where the U.S. Census agreed to move the date up in a win for Ohioans who want to bring real balance to redistricting.
Advocating for Ohio Entrepreneurs
Secretary LaRose visited Marion Technical College this week to tour its business incubator and listen to the experiences of local entrepreneurs. In 2017, Marion Technical College launched “The Forge,” a Shark Tank style competition for entrepreneurs with the winners earning funding to help launch their businesses. Award winners, with businesses ranging from a community art center to an interactive children’s museum, shared their stories with Secretary LaRose. The Secretary’s visit also included a tour of the incubator’s test preparation centers and rentable spaces for startups. Marion Technical College is just one of countless resources available for new and prospective business owners. Ohio entrepreneurs can visit OhioSoS.gov/Business to explore the many resources available for them to start a business in Ohio.
Also this week, Secretary LaRose toured Shelby Welded Tube, a significant and successful employer in Richland County. Shelby Welded Tube employs hundreds of Ohioans producing parts for the vehicles and appliances we rely upon, and is a prime example of the strength of Ohio’s vibrant manufacturing sector and productive workforce. During his visit, the Secretary met with Shelby Welded Tube owner Angela Phillips, whose vision and foresight has helped expand the company to where it is today.
Important Election Dates & Reminders:
- July 6th: Deadline for voter registration for the Aug. 3 special election
- August 3rd: Special Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- October 4th: Deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 2 general election
- November 2nd: General Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Secretary LaRose gave the keynote address for the Nationwide Military Associate Resource Group’s virtual Memorial Day commemoration. In his address, the Secretary heralded the American virtues and principles for which so many fought and died to protect and the importance of passing the memory of their heroism on to the next generation.
- This week, the Secretary participated in a roundtable discussion with community and business leaders at the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce in Mansfield. Secretary LaRose thanked them for everything they continue to do to help strengthen Ohio’s economy and promoted the resources available to entrepreneurs to help them launch new businesses in Ohio. Watch WMFD's coverage from the Secretary's visithere.