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“The O-PCI program is a significant step forward for Ohio,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said. “The threat of cyberattacks is increasing every year, and we must give our local partners the training and support they need to protect themselves from cyber criminals.”


Read the Governor's Press Release on OPCI

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 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaking

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  • What entities are eligible for O-PCI Training?
    All local government entities (LGEs) are eligible to participate in O-PCI. OCRI staff are organizing cohorts of LGEs by county, starting with areas where authorized county representatives have expressed interest by completing the O-PCI Registration Form. County governments will receive training alongside all non-county government entities as a cohort.
  • Who (from our local government entity) is required to participate in O-PCI training? Is it just for IT staff?
    When a local government entity formally participates in O-PCI, all staff may be required to complete in O-PCI training. The requirements for each person will vary depending on the responsibilities/role of the staff.
  • What happens if my county doesn’t sign up for training or isn’t interested?
    O-PCI training is not mandatory or required by the State of Ohio or Federal Government. However, local government entities that participate can expect benefits of increased security, cost-savings, and peace of mind.
  • What materials do you have available to help get my county interested and registered?
    We are currently developing marketing materials. As these become available, we will post them to our page at: https://www.ohiocyberrangeinstitute.org/opci
  • How do I find out if my county has registered for training?
    Please reach out to opciprogram@ucmail.uc.edu to find out your county’s registration status. Please note that this is an ongoing program, and we will be inviting participation from county leadership on a regular basis.
  • What is the expected outcome of the Ohio Persistent Cyber Improvement program?
    The expected outcome of your local government entity completing O-PCI is a measurable improvement in the entire organization’s cybersecurity posture. For some counties, this may also come with financial savings.
  • Who would be considered leadership/an authorized representative in my local government entity (LGE)?
    This will vary by LGE, depending on internal policy and procedure. For most counties, this might be a county executive or administrator, CTO, CIO, CISO, or other leader that is in a position to be an authorized representative of their county’s governing body in the completion of an MOU/NDA agreement.
  • Should O-PCI training take the place of our pre-existing cybersecurity training?
    OCRI and the O-PCI training it provides is not meant to replace a particular training or responsibility that a local government entity (LGE) may have. However, it is possible that LGEs which complete O-PCI may re-evaluate their internal training, software, and 3rd party vendor arrangements.
  • Are there any certifications or credentials for completing O-PCI training?
    At this time, there is no certification or credential planned for completing O-PCI training nor is the training designed to prepare staff for industry credentials. There are opportunities with the Ohio Cyber Range Institute to gain knowledge and progress toward industry credentials, learn more here: https://www.ohiocyberrangeinstitute.org/bootcamps
  • Will O-PCI be providing any assistance in securing software or solutions to local government entities?
    O-PCI is meant to provide local government entities with the knowledge and wherewithal to make informed purchasing decisions. However, OCRI staff will not act as consultants for software or hardware purchases by local government entities.
  • What topics will be covered in the O-PCI training?
    O-PCI training covers the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity, tailored to the various roles in a local government entity. These concepts are then translated into policies, procedures, and practices that are created for your organization, by your staff. Some of these documents include a plan for an Internal Auditor, a Continuity of Effort Plan, and an Anticipatory Response Plan (similar to an Incident Response Plan).
  • Our local government entity outsources its IT to a private entity, are we still eligible for training and would the private entity also be eligible for training?
    O-PCI training is provided to local government entities directly. However, local government entities will be permitted to invite contracted external staff to attend training alongside the entity’s staff.
  • What is the time commitment per individual staff member and over all for the organization?
    The following estimates are generalized, this may vary based on the size of entities as well as the overall number of entities receiving training within a given county. - For whole entity: Gateway 1: within 1 month of Gateway 1 kick-off Gateway 2: within 2 months of Gateway 2 kick-off Gateway 3: within 2 months of Gateway 3 kick-off - For Individual Staff (varies by role): Gateway 1: ~25 hours (estimate for all roles) Gateway 2: ~29 hours (estimate for all roles) Gateway 3: ~46 hours (estimate for all roles)

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