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GCN : May 2015
Q&A 32 GCN MAY 2015 • GCN.COM TROYK.SCHNEIDER TERRY McAULIFFE Virginia’s governor wants more biotech, big data and cybersecurity investments in his state ‘We’ve got to break down the silos’ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing hard to turn his state’s IT resources into a booming biotech community. He’s also positioning Virginia as a cybersecurity leader and argues that the two efforts are very much related. McAuliffe sat down with GCN Editor- in-Chief Troy K. Schneider at the Thrive 2015 biotech conference to discuss his vi- sion for Virginia’s IT. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Let’s start with today’s focus and the push to get more biotech into Virginia. How does the state government get involved in that? How do the pieces fit together? It can’t happen without the gov- ernment. It’s impossible, and you really need an administration that is willing to drive it. We’ve got to break down the silos. Cy- bersecurity, bio — these are the jobs of the future. We have to really turbocharge this area. Turbocharge it with investment, with knocking down walls to make sure our universi- ties can commercialize our data. I often talk about what an ad- vantage we have because of our military assets — the CIA, Pen- tagon, all these other defense- related facilities — we have all of this cabling and capacity in Virginia today. We have more data centers than any state in America. And we have very talented people who know how to analyze data. I think we have real potential. Are you seeing a connection be- tween biotech and cyber because of the big data involved in both? Yes, totally. We just started a new cyber commission. I’ve asked Richard Clarke to chair it for us. He has been [an] adviser to three presidents. He actually wrote a lot of memorandums for the White House on cyber. He now heads up our whole cyber piece. We view preparing for cyber as something that gets us into the bio space as well because they’re the same protocols to really be able to handle a tremendous amount of information in a secure environment. Actually, in the bio space and the health-related space, that data is even bigger. But I’d put our cyber capabilities up against any state in America. Obvi- ously, with the military and intel- ligence agencies headquartered here, that’s a huge opportunity for us to take advantage of. Virginia is the first state to launch an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization for sharing cyberthreat information with the federal government. Can you talk a little bit about that? Because of the unique relationship with intelligence and the military that we have in Virginia, we have a specific responsibility. You have information [on a cyberthreat]; the state clearly needs to have it. When are we then allowed to provide that to private businesses who might be at risk? Protocols today don’t let you do a lot of that. We’re the first out of the box with this. We want to be the template for how federal and state [agencies], National Guard, local law enforce- ment, as well as your business com- munity can take this data and share it and use it in a way that protects us. • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, speaking April 23 in Chantilly, Va.: Biotech is “going to be a gigantic brass ring.” 0515gcn_032.indd 32 4/30/15 11:10 AM