Senate passes Carlyle bill to establish state Office of Cybersecurity

Legislation passed today by the Senate would create a state Office of Cybersecurity (OCS) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to set security policies and develop centralized protocols for managing the state’s information technology assets. Senate Bill 5432 , which passed unanimously, was developed in response to a security breach involving Accellion, a third-party vendor used by the Office of the Washington State Auditor, exposing personal information from around 1.6 million unemployment claims filed in 2020. “Cybersecurity is not a luxury, it’s central to government’s obligation to manage data wisely and effectively,” said Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), the bill’s sponsor. “We need to follow global best practices in terms of data management, oversight and technology. This bill strengthens ...

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