MAJORITY LEGISLATORS INTRODUCE
LOCAL LAW TO AIDE IN CYBERSECURITY
Due to the increasing online threats that have plagued government servers throughout the U.S, crippling local governments and putting sensitive information at risk, Legislators Thomas McKevitt and Vincent Muscarella have introduced a local law to proactively protect the county’s digital infrastructure networks from breaches.
This new law provides for the protection and periodic assessment of the County government’s information technology infrastructure to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities, and respond to and deter any cybersecurity threats. It allows the Office of Information Technology to train personnel in cybersecurity threat identification and incident responses and will enable staff to be up to date on the latest deterrence services. The legislation will also instruct the Information Technology Department to submit an annual Cybersecurity Risk Assessment and Response analysis to important county offices each year, by March 1st. This analysis will outline the County’s current cybersecurity policies and protocols, evaluate potential risks and identify response and recovery strategies. The analysis will be submitted to the County Executive, the Commissioners of County Departments and each County Legislator.
The law allows for the Information Technology Department to promote cybersecurity within the County government by setting up a panel of cybersecurity service and incident response providers to assist the County in case of breach or cyberattack.
Upon detection of a cyberattack, the County Executive will be required to notify the legislature within 72 hours of detection.
“Technology keeps changing, as do the threats we face as a county government. It is the job of our IT team to stay on top of these changes to make sure the County is properly equipped to mitigate a cyberattack, to protect our digital infrastructure, and to secure sensitive information,” Legislator Vincent Muscarella said. “This new local law will help keep us ahead of the curve, and ready for any threats we may face.”
“Every day we hear about cyberattacks and people stealing sensitive information from security breaches and data hacks,” Legislator Tom McKevitt said. “Governments are being attacked online; sometimes crippling their infrastructure for days on end. These new measures will help mitigate and defend us from any possible attacks in the future.”