|Cybersecurity Bill Signed to Law
On Friday, July 16, Governor Ned Lamont held a bill signing ceremony at the UConn Tech Park in Storrs to commemorate the adoption of legislation that incentivizes businesses to adopt and adhere to cybersecurity standards.
Supported by the state’s business community, the legislation protects businesses from punitive damages if personal or restricted information is improperly accessed, maintained, communicated, or processed, so long as such businesses have adopted and adhered to appropriate cybersecurity measures. It does not diminish other important legal rights and actions that individuals and businesses can take after a cyber breach.
The legislation is Public Act 21-119, An Act Incentivizing the Adoption of Cybersecurity Standards for Businesses. It goes into effect on October 1, 2021. I was a proud proponent of the bill when it initially moved through the Commerce Committee.
During last month's ceremony, Governor Lamont also announced an $11 million investment to support the State of Connecticut’s enhanced cybersecurity efforts, with an initial $8.2 million on the agenda for the State Bond Commission at its upcoming meeting.
Earlier this year, Governor Lamont announced the launch of a year-long process of building a new information technology organization within state government that will centralize the coordination of the state’s IT resources by the Department of Administrative Services, which includes the creation of Connecticut’s first Chief Information Security Officer, a position that has been filled by Jeff Brown. That process will establish an organization capable of delivering modern IT solutions to support state agencies and the public.