HB1297, the bill that would revise Florida’s current cybersecurity governance, is close to being approved by lawmakers following several incidents across the state, including a ransomware attack against Broward County Public Schools and the hacking of a local water treatment facility, reports StateScoop. The bill is based on a January report released by a 15-member task force and would give the Florida Digital Service more cybersecurity duties, such as creating a statewide plan that will be updated yearly, developing cybersecurity trainings for state employees and creating a 19-member Cybersecurity Advisory Council. Several state House committees have already unanimously approved the bill, while a companion legislation is being introduced to the state Senate. Lawmakers are also in the process of approving a spending plan for the 2022 fiscal year, which increases cybersecurity funding by $31.6 million. The added funding will be used to improve the state’s threat-assessment and endpoint detection tools, upgrade government websites and strengthen industrial control systems.
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