Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg officially opened Iowa’s Security Operations Center with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer, along with the Governor’s Cyber Working Group leaders from the Iowa Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Iowa Communications Network, Department of Public Safety and the Iowa National Guard were all on hand to participate in the grand opening.

The Security Operations Center will provide monitoring of information security systems enabling a near real-time response to information security incidents affecting state and local government. The center will combine information from state and federal monitoring systems, cyber intelligence sources and other sources to enable timely decision making.

In addition to opening the Security Operations Center, Gov. Reynolds also signed a proclamation marking October as Cyber Security Awareness Month.