Yesterday (6/24/15), Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed Special Act No. 15-13, effective immediately, which requires the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, to conduct a study “to identify cybersecurity issues facing the state and to make recommendations regarding specific actions the state can implement to promote and coordinate communication between government entities, law enforcement, institutions of higher education, the private sector and the public to improve cybersecurity preparedness.”

The Act requires the Department of Administrative Services to submit the results of the study and the recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Connecticut General Assembly no later than January 1, 2017.

No doubt a reaction to the massive Office of Personnel Management data breach, it is good to see state governments putting cybersecurity high on the priority list.

We are anxiously awaiting the Governor’s signature on Connecticut’s amended data breach law (Substitute Senate Bill 949), and we will provide you with the details of that amendment as soon as it is signed.