States are addressing cybersecurity through various initiatives, such as providing more funding for improved security measures, requiring government agencies or businesses to implement specific types of security practices, increasing penalties for computer crimes, addressing threats to critical infrastructure and more. NCSL compiles a 50-state survey of legislation each year. Here is the 2018 survey.
According to the 2018 survey’s introduction at least 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico introduced/considered more than 265 bills or resolutions related to cybersecurity. Some of the key areas of legislative activity include:
- Improving government security practices.
- Providing funding for cybersecurity programs and initiatives.
- Restricting public disclosure of sensitive government cybersecurity information.
- Promoting workforce, training, economic development.
At least 22 states have enacted 52 bills so far in 2018