Category: NATIONAL NEWS

Johnson Re-Appointed to National Cyber Security Task Force

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently announced their 2014/2015 Leadership and Steering Committee Appointments.  Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson has been reappointed as Vice-Chair to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Cyber Security Task Force. NACo Immediate Past President and current task force chair Chris Rodgers identified cyber security as a major initiative during his term. Johnson was first appointed to the task force in 2012.  “In today’s digital world, it is important that folks understand the dangers of cyber-attacks,” Johnson said.  “This task force was put together to share information across the private and public sector regarding cyber security.  With the internet being a critical resource for local government and a primary channel for information sharing, the main responsibility of the task force is to gather resources to make people aware of potential problems and vulnerabilities,” Johnson continued.The task force was launched as a public/private partnership to protect county government networks and residents from online computer crime.  The Task Force is an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.  According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), cyber-attacks on local governments and their infrastructures have increased 42% with an average clean-up cost of $592,000 per attack.  “With everything going digital the potential for cyber-attacks is only going to increase,”...

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Supervisor Johnson Joins National Public Lands Steering Committee

 Supervisor Buster Johnson was recently appointed by the National Association of Counties to serve as a member of the Public Lands Steering Committee.  “With nearly 50% of Arizona lands being under federal control, issues related to federal land management have a great impact on Arizona residents,” Supervisor Johnson stated.  According to NACo, the Public Lands Steering Committee reviews and makes recommendations on issues and legislation related to federal land management programs, natural resource revenue sharing payments, payments in lieu of taxes and property tax immunity concerns. In an article written by Steven F. Hayward for Forbes Magazine, a report was done showing that nearly all western states, except Texas and Alaska, have more than 40% of federally owned land.  Yet states along the Eastern Coast such as Florida, New York and Rhode Island have less than 2% of their lands owned and controlled by the feds.  “When it comes to land, Arizona is the 6th largest state in the country with over 72.6 million acres,” Supervisor Johnson stated.  “Yet over 82% of our land in Arizona is owned by the federal government, held in state trusts, or occupied by the Indian reservations.  If this land was made private, Arizona residents would have a greater chance at seeing economic development rise and more employment opportunities become available,” Johnson continued. Several western states in recent years have challenged the federal government to do what...

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