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Michigan works to thwart barrage of cyberattacks

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is aiming to invest in cyber security and position itself as a national leader in the field as attacks on governments increase.

The state receives more than 730,000 attempted attacks daily. That number is rising as hackers aim to collect valuable information from Michigan's networks.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed an additional $7 million investment in cyber security for the next fiscal year. The increase would go toward boosting protection of the state's computer systems, networks and data. The state now spends about $22 million a year, or 3 percent of the total information technology budget, on cyber security.
Michigan's Legislature would have to approve the additional $7 million as part of a package of pending budget bills.

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