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Illinois State’s Matthew Helm named to Governor’s Internet Privacy Task Force


Contact:Rachel Hatch

Matthew Helm has been appointed to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Internet Privacy Task Force, the first of its kind in the nation. Helm is director of Business Intelligence and Technology Solutions at Illinois State University.

The 12-member task force will look at what the state can do to prepare and protect Illinois’ industry and infrastructure from cyber attacks.  

“We’ll be working on how we can protect critical systems like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Board of Trade from security threats and, if an attack does happen, how we can quickly recover that infrastructure,” Helm said.

Among the issues the team will tackle is how the state can attract cyber security firms, ensure the privacy of citizens who visit state government websites and help local business guard against cyber espionage.

The task force includes representatives from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Motorola Mobility, Boeing, Argonne National Laboratory, The Northern Trust Company, Fermilab, CME Group, Resolute Consulting and TechAmerica.

Helm hopes that cyber security principles can be integrated into curricula across the Illinois State campus, and that a current national public awareness campaign to educate children about how to stay safe online can be included in teacher education programs.  

Andrea Ballinger, associate vice president for Administrative Technologies, said Helm’s involvement will benefit the University as well as the state. “It will mean a lot to us,” she said. “We will learn from others what we need to do to protect the assets of our institution and the privacy of our faculty and students. Getting these cross-functional agencies working toward one goal is exciting. Matthew’s appointment also highlights the level of professional expertise ISU staff possess.”

The task force will meet quarterly and present a final report in late 2012.

For additional information, contact Helm at (309) 438-3302.

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