US May Appoint Cybersecurity Coordinators for Each State

US May Appoint Cybersecurity Coordinators for Each State

By Chris Brunau

All 50 states may be looking to beef up their cybersecurity solutions if a newly proposed law goes into effect.

Under the Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act of 2020, all states would appoint a cybersecurity leader. This position would work closely with the Department of Homeland Security and be a multifaceted role including cybersecurity training, advisory work, and program development.

The coordinator for each state would be responsible for preparing for attacks and proactively deal with the cybersecurity threats as opposed to reacting to attacks on an ad hoc basis, as we often see today.

Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Building strategic relationships across Federal and non-Federal entities
  • Serving as a principal Federal cybersecurity risk advisor
  • Facilitating the sharing of cyber threat information

Read the bill to learn more.

This proposed law is certainly in high demand after the increase of ransomware attacks on government agencies in recent years. Cyber attackers have shown a strong preference for these municipalities as we’ve seen with the multi-million dollar attack in Atlanta in 2018, as well as more recent attacks such as New Orleans and Pensacola, Florida.

To learn more about the current landscape of ransomware and how you can avoid falling victim, check out Datto's State of the Channel Ransomware Report.

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