Bipartisan bill in Congress proposes cybersecurity coordinators for every state

Fahmida Y. Rashid writes:

A bipartisan group of Senators are interested in establishing a cybersecurity leader for each state in order to increase the states’ abilities to respond to cyberattacks.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), the lead sponsor of the bill, highlighted the wave of ransomware attacks which have crippled cities and government entities in recent months.


The Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act proposes creating a federally-funded program that would create a cybersecurity coordinator position for each state. The program would be part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The placement is a logical one as CISA already works closely with state and local governments on security issues.

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