June 2, 2021
The Connecticut House passed the voluntary cybersecurity bill with unanimous bipartisan support last week. Representative Caroline Simmons (D-Stamford) introduced legislation to address the ongoing risk of cyberattacks on Connecticut businesses.
HB 6607 works to add safeguards and strengthen our defenses against cybersecurity to better protect businesses and consumers from cyber threats, encouraging companies to voluntarily adopt nationally recognized cybersecurity best practices. Programs such as the NIST framework or CIS controls have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of cyberattacks, in some cases by up to 83%.
“Connecticut took steps yesterday to lead the nation in cybersecurity policy,” Rep. Simmons said. “The cyber threat is real and is aimed at our small businesses that are unsuspected and vulnerable due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was proud to see the unanimous bipartisan support of this bill, which only works to protect infrastructure, utilities, Connecticut businesses, hospitals, schools and consumers. “
There were more than 400 complaints of security breaches at the TC in 2013, which compromised the personal information of more than 500,000 TC residents. These include attacks ranging from Target, Home Depot and Anthem violations, to attacks on our state and local government agencies, schools and small businesses, which point to the growing need for better cyber defense. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission received 1.4 million reports of identity theft last year, twice as many as in 2019, and $ 2.9 million is lost every minute due to cybercrime, with an average cost of data breach of $ 3.86 million.
When it passes in the House, HB 6607 will be debated and voted on in the Senate. Representative Simmons says this bill will set the standard for cybersecurity across the country and encourage the adoption of other states.
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